Although blackbirds are probably New Zealand’s most widespread bird, not many people know that only the male (top) is actually black. It also has a distinctive orange beak. The female blackbird (bottom) is brown with a variegated underside. She builds the nest and incubates the eggs, but the male joins in feeding the nestlings.
Listen to the calls of blackbirds, interspersed with some chaffinch calls.
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Sound file from the Department of Conservation.