Schaapmans' Wildlife Spotting
Scientific name: Turdus merula
English common name: Common Blackbird, Eurasian blackbird or Blackbird
Nederlandse triviale naam: Merel

The Common Blackbird - Merel in Dutch - is a very common bird throughout Europe. It is a species of Thrush (Lijster) where the males are typically black with a yellow beak and a yellow ring around the eyes. The females are more dark brown with the spots that are typical for a lot of thrushes.

It is quite interesting to see the difference between Blackbirds in The Netherlands and on Madeira, the Portuguese island off the coast of North-Africa. The Dutch version looks more buff and evenly coloured, whereas the birds on Madeira are more delicate and look a bit more scruffy, with different feathers and lines on their heads. It is not that strange; there are thousands of kilometers between the populations and the population on Madeira is quite isolated. Not urprisingly, both types of Blackbird belong to different subspecies. The Dutch Blackbird belongs to the nominate species Turdus merula merulaLink to a page on this site. The subspecies Turdus merula cabreraeLink to a page on this site only lives on Madeira and the western Canary Islands.

  • species: Turdus merula
    • subspecies:  Turdus merula merula (11)
      Common Blackbird, Eurasian blackbird or Blackbird, nominate species
      Merel
    • subspecies:  Turdus merula cabrerae (3)
      Common Blackbird, subspecies from Madeira and western Canary Islands
      Merel

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Male Common Blackbird - Amelisweerd, Bunnik, The Netherlands David d'O false Male Common Blackbird - Amelisweerd, Bunnik, The Netherlands

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