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Redwing Turdus iliacus Length 20-22cm. Small, well-marked thrush. Forms flocks in winter and mixes with Fieldfare. Sexes are similar. Adult has grey-brown upperparts; pale underparts are dark-spotted and flushed with orange-red on flanks and underwings. Has white stripes above eye and below cheeks. Juvenile is similar but has pale spots on upperparts and subdued colours on flanks. Voice Utters a thin, high-pitched tseerp in flight; often heard on autumn nights from migrating flocks. Song (seldom heard here) comprises short bursts of whistling and fluty phrases. Status Common winter visitor to farmland and open, lightly wooded countryside. A few pairs breed here each year, mainly in NW.
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