Fieldfare

A fieldfare is the most colourful and widespread of thrush birds species in Russia.

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Fieldfare ©Marina Kudrya

Fieldfares are social birds; they travel in large flocks and often nest on the same trees. Although they are migratory birds, males sometimes stay during the winter if there’s enough food (fieldfares feed on rowan during the cold months).

During warmer months their diet consist mostly of earthworms. Fieldfares bend their head close to the ground and listen to the sounds that the worms make, and then catch the prey.

 

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Fieldfare hunting on the earthworms ©Marina Kudrya

Fieldfare females are responsible for building a nest, and the males – for guarding it. All the small brunches and roots go well as a construction material, which then glues together with wet soil.

Fieldfare defend their nests very aggressively: they throw small stones and dung bombs to the enemies and people who happen to be close to their nesting colony:) The dung bombs can be dangerous to the birds because dung glue together the flags so then the bird won’t be able to fly anymore.

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Chicks leave the nest after around two weeks since birth. At this stage they cannot fly yet and are vulnerable to the birds of prey. However they are continuing to be fed by adult fieldfares (and not only by their own parents) until they become self-sufficient.

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Fieldfare chick out of nest ©Marina Kudrya

After the first babies leave the nest, the fieldfare couple start another smaller clutch of eggs.

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Fieldfare ©Marina Kudrya

 

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