Redwing

Turdus iliacus

Redwing

Redwing

Quick Facts

Classification

Scientific name:

Turdus iliacus

Family:

Thrushes

Conservation status:

Red

Measurements

Length:

21cm

Wingspan:

33cm to 35cm

Weight:

50g to 75g

About the Redwing

The redwing is the smallest true member of the thrush family here in the UK. They are most common in the winter and can be found roaming about the countryside in hedgerows and fields. These birds hardly ever visit gardens, unless when snow covers the fields during the coldest periods of the year.

They have olive-brown upperparts and pale buff underparts. The belly and breast have dark spotting and above the eye is a bold, creamy-like coloured eyebrow. Under the wings and flanks, both share a reddish colour.

Juvenile redwings display spots on their backs that are a buff colour.

What does a Redwing eat?

Their diets consist of worms and berries.

Learn more about the Redwing

Other birds in the Thrushes family

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