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.
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
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Reference: Bi0109LC1t.tif (top); DSCH0048Smd.JPG (bottom)
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Sound file from the Department of Conservation.