Redwings- Hebridean Birds
Western Isles Birds - Redwings - Hebridean Birds - Western Isles Birds. These birds - so pretty with their shiny red flanks and underwings - really are like thrushes.

Many of these birds arrive on the Islands in September or October. They may have come from Iceland and spend the winter here.

Redwings live a nomadic lifestyle - moving across the countryside in flocks - looking for food in hedgerows and damp field corners, however unlike the similar fieldfares - the redwings do enter woods to search for invertebrates and leaf-litter.
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Family
Chats & Thrushes
Latin name
Turdus Iliacus

 Population
Common Winter Visitor


Similar Species
Song Thrush
Description
These little thrush like birds really are a delight with their red underwings and flanks. In fact the redwing does really resemble a thrush - but it is easily distinguished by its striking head pattern and of course by the streak of brownish red under the wing.

Although there are a few redwings that do breed in Scotland - many arrive in the Western Isles from Iceland - to spend the winter here.

This bird has warm brown upperparts and white underparts, heavily marked with black spots. The redwing has a white stripe above the eye extending from the bill to the back of the head. The redwing has chestnut red patches on the flank. It has a pale bill with a black tip and flesh coloured legs. Both the sexes look similar.


Size
Length 20-21cm Weight 65g
Habitat
These birds like shrubbery, hedgerows, fields and best of all conifers.

Food
These birds the redwings in The Western Isles eat worms,snails, insects and berries.The redwing is a Common passage migrant and winter visitor to The Western Isles
Voice
Warbling song has repetitive , short descending phrases. Their call a high thin 'see-ip' can often be heard in an early evening as flocks pass overhead.

Male redwings have a very distinctive curious singing quirk. Each individual sings just one phrase, repeated again and again. Males in the same area share the same song.
Breeding
Breeding between May and July - there are 5- 6eggs. The eggs are blue - speckled with brown. Incubation is 12 - 14 days. The young birds fledge at 8-12 days. There may be 2 broods a year. The redwing nests in trees and bushes, sometimes on the ground.

Misc. Info
The redwings live a nomadic lifestyle - moving across the countryside in flocks - looking for food in hedgerows and damp field corners - however unlike the similar fieldfares - the redwings do enter woods to search for invertebrates and leaf-litter.
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