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Fieldfare Turdus pilaris L 24-26cm. A large and plump thrush. Associates with Redwing in winter flocks. Sexes are similar. Adult has blue-grey head, chestnut back and pale supercilium. Breast and flanks are flushed orange-yellow and heavily spotted; underparts are otherwise whitish. In flight, note pale grey rump and white underwings. Juvenile is similar but note pale spots on wing coverts. Voice Utters a harsh chack-chack-chack call; night-migrating flocks sometimes be detected by these calls. Song (seldom heard here) comprises short bursts of fluty phrases. Status Common winter to farmland and open country. A few pairs breed each year, mainly in N.
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