March 16, 2015 – Common Blackbird or Eurasian Blackbird (Turdus merula)
Found in a variety of habitats across Europe, Asia, and North Africa, Common Blackbirds have also been introduced to New Zealand and Australia. There are many subspecies throughout their range and some populations migrate, while others are sedentary. They eat a variety of invertebrates and some small vertebrates, as well as seeds and fruits, foraging mostly on the ground. Pairs are monogamous and females use dried grasses and mud to build cup-shaped nests in trees and bushes.