Bird Watching in Croydon - Blackbird

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Bird Watching in Croydon - Blackbird

General information on Blackbirds


Cheddar Cheese (grated or chopped up into small pieces), mealworms, wax worms, giant mealworms, sunflower seeds, fruit and berries occasionally

Where they feed:

Ground feeders, but will feed from low level trays and bowls, but they like to stand on the edge and are a bit wary of jumping up on bowls, if they move at all.

Fairly delicate feeders, although the male is happy to wolf down all the mealworms or cheese in one sittings, not quite starling fashion.

Nesting habits:

They nest in shrubs and bushes that are thick enough to hide and protect them from preditors.


2 or 3 broods, with 3 - 5 eggs greeny blue with light brown speckles per year. Chicks are hatched blind and helpless and remain in the next for several days. They remain on the ground, close to the nest site, and the parents continue to feed them until they are able to fly. They leave before they are fully grown and are able to fly when 13-14 days old. On


Both parents feed and protect the chicks for up to 3 weeks. From then on the male takes over the bulk of the parenting, whilst the female lays the next clutch.


Blackbirds have relatively short lives (4 - 6 years).