Redwing

(Turdus iliacus)

Alert Status: Red
Identifying Features: UK's smallest true thrush. Has a creamy strip above the eye and orange-red flank patches.
Average Length: 21 cm
Average Lifespan: 2 years
Average Wingspan: 33 - 35 cm
Beak type: Insects


Feeding:
Natural: Insects, worms, snails and slugs, fruits and berries.
How to feed: Plants bearing berries, such as Hawthorn, may attract Redwings in to the garden.
What to feed:  Soft fruit may attract them, especially fallen apples.

Nesting: They nest in trees, bushes, tree stumps, and banks. The cup nest is made of twigs, grass, moss and lichen, and lined with mud and grass.

 

Where to see: Redwings like hedges and orchards as well as open fields. They will also come to parks and gardens. Often seen with flocks of fieldfares.

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Redwing call by Paul Driver, Xeno-canto.
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