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Colin the Common Blackbird
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The Common Blackbird - Turdus merula

What does it look like?
Description:
The Common Blackbird was introduced to Australia at Melbourne in the 1850s. The male is the 'black' bird, with deep orange to yellow bill, a narrow yellow eye-ring and dark legs. The female is a brown bird, with some streaks or mottling, and has a dark bill and legs. Immature birds are similar to the female with lighter underparts.

Similar species:
The Common Blackbird is not readily confused with other 'black' birds as it is much smaller than most Australian birds with a similar colouring and has a distinctive yellow eye-ring.

Where does it live?
Distribution:
The Common Blackbird, was originally confined to Melbourne and Adelaide, but has gradually expanded its range throughout south-eastern Australia, both on the coast and inland, as far north as Sydney, and including Tasmania and the Bass Strait islands.

Habitat:
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.

What does it do?
Feeding:
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.

Breeding:
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.

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



















I hope you like Colin!

I am particularly proud of the shape of his wings, it took me ages to work out how to make them.



Comments

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  November 30, 2013
Brilliant as usual.
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  November 30, 2013
Brilliant as usual.
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  November 30, 2013
Brilliant as usual.
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  August 1, 2013
Awesome! Great job!
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  July 26, 2013
ravishingly beautiful!
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  July 24, 2013
Beautiful work, the rendering is stunning!!
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  July 23, 2013
Beautiful work!
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  July 21, 2013
I love how this bird is just "right" and reminds me of the one which hops around on my lawn. I like the way that you've made its distinctive eyes and the wings are wonderful work.
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  July 18, 2013
This is amazing. BTW how did you do that eye technique?
  July 16, 2013
Thats awesome! The wings are amazing!
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  July 16, 2013
The wingspan is beautiful.
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  July 16, 2013
Beautiful!
DeTomaso Pantera
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Dr. Monster
  July 15, 2013
I really like your whole approach to the birds you post. I enjoy researching my subject as much as enjoy building it. Your birds are a great addition to the MOCpages.
DeTomaso Pantera
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Emerald Knight
  July 15, 2013
very nicely done !>.....
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  July 15, 2013
Wow! Very impressive!
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  July 15, 2013
great bird! it s always cool to read about them, it s very detailed, making them fly is especially nice, one of your best!
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  July 15, 2013
Looks like he's on a mission! And the wings are very realistic!
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  July 15, 2013
Love this! And unlike most of your other birds, I actually see this one quite often!
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  July 15, 2013
Another fine bird . I do like the way you make wings they look natural. Awesome
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  July 15, 2013
Very nicely done! I love the techniques you used for the wings.
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  July 15, 2013
Great work Buddy! Love the main photo
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  July 15, 2013
Nice bird. The wing-profle looks very accurate. Maybe you can find some pieces to fill in in the middle, to get rid of some of teh gaps. How about the 1x2 sloped grille-part? (the one that is just 2 plates high)
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  July 15, 2013
Very nice bird! Those wings are exceptional.
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  July 15, 2013
this is excellent! very cute!
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  July 15, 2013
Excellent! I always liked how you made wings on your birds, but this definitely takes it to a new level of awesome, nice job with the shaping.
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  July 15, 2013
I love this one! I believe blackbirds are fairly intelligent birds like crows and ravens? Lovely wings too! :)
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  July 15, 2013
Beautiful. A couple of these guys kept me out of my shed throughout the spring - they'd made their nest right over the door and I didn't want to disturb them while they were incubating. You'll be pleased to hear their young did well, and I can use my shed now :-)
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  July 15, 2013
luv the wings!
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  July 15, 2013
The wings are really great!
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  July 15, 2013
Well researched, and well built! Good work! Now I have to get around to finding my username and password into my CUUSOO account.....
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  July 15, 2013
Wow! those wings look great! Love the main photo! :D
 
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