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Redwing (Turdus iliacus)

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It is obvious how the Redwing got it's name.

A bird that typically visits my garden either in winter, and then it's probably going to stay sometime, or en route in autumn or spring. The male and the female are identical, just like the Robins. When in the garden the bird looks for its food on the ground; I've never seen it upon my feeding table. It's much more tolerant towards other birds than the Fieldfare and often mixes with Finches, Sparrows and Titmice.

This bird belongs to the family of Thrushes (Turdinae). It has been spotted in our garden infrequently and can be seen in Holland october - march. The bird is 8" and weighs 60 grams. It lives in woodlands mostly. It eats worms, snails, insects and berries. The sexes do not differ from one another. The Redwing is not very particular about the place it builds its nest: on the ground, in a tree, shrub or bush. Usually it breeds on five to six eggs deposited between may and july for 14 days, after which period it takes the bird another 14 days to raise the chicks.

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Name of this bird in various other languages
Dutch German French Polish Scientific
Koperwiek Rotdrossel Grive mauvis Drozdzik Turdus iliacus


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