Fieldfare

Turdus pilaris

About

The Fieldfare is a large, colourful thrush which visits the UK in the winter to feast on berry-laden bushes in hedgerows, woodland, parks and playing fields. Fieldfares are sociable birds and can be seen in flocks of over 200 birds roaming through the countryside. They may venture into gardens when there is snow cover or it is a severe winter.

How to identify

Fieldfares have a chestnut-brown back, and yellowy breast streaked with black, a black tail, dark wings and pale grey rump and head. Just a little smaller than the Mistle Thrush, they are quite distinctive.

Where to find it

A widespread winter visitor.

Habitats

When to find it

  • October
  • November
  • December
  • January
  • February
  • March

How can people help

Under four pairs of Fieldfare now nest in the UK making this bird a breeding rarity and a Red List species in the Birds of Conservation Concern review. To help protect our breeding birds, The Wildlife Trusts are working closely with farmers and landowners to promote wildlife-friendly practices. We are working towards a 'Living Landscape': a network of habitats and wildlife corridors across town and country, which are good for both wildlife and people. You can support this greener vision for the future by joining your local Wildlife Trust.

Species information

Common name
Fieldfare
Latin name
Turdus pilaris
Category
Birds
Thrushes, chats, flycatchers, starling, dipper and wren
Statistics
Length: 24-26cm Wingspan: 40cm Weight: 100g Average Lifespan: 2 years
Conservation status
Classified in the UK as a Red List species under the Birds of Conservation Concern review.