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Common Blackbird

Turdus merula

Winter visitor

Found at Neolithic WF16

The Common Blackbird inhabits a broad range of habitats, from remote mountains to cities. It usually prefers areas with some vegetation cover within a short distance. It comes to Wadi Faynan as a winter visitor and can be found as a resident in the higher areas of Wadi Dana.

Blackbirds have a well-known call and usually like to sing after rainfall. The Common Blackbird will eat insects, lizards and plants such as berries or other fruits. The predators of the Blackbird include foxes and Sparrowhawks, both of which may threaten the bird during its winter visit to Wadi Faynan.

Image credit: ‘Common Blackbird’ by Bengt Nyman via Flickr, CC BY 2.0