Common Blackbird

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Habitat: Woodland, Urban


The Common Blackbird is most often found in urban areas and surrounding localities but has successfully moved into bushland habitats. It is often seen in orchards, vineyards and gardens, as well as along roadsides and in parks.


The Common Blackbird can be a pest in orchards, parks and gardens, being rather destructive of ground vegetation, particularly backyard vegetable patches.


The Common Blackbird eats insects, earthworms, snails, spiders and a range of seeds and fruit. It mainly forages on the ground, probing and scratching at leaf litter, lawns and soil.


The Common Blackbird builds a cup-shaped nest of dried grass, bound with mud, and lined with fine grasses. It is usually placed in a tree, shrub or low bush, but they will also use tree hollows. Their clutch size is 3 to 5 eggs (usually 4 eggs) with an incubation period of 14 days and a nestling period of 14 days. Breeding season is from September to January.