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Fieldfare

Turdus pilaris

The fieldfare can be found feeding on rowan berries during autumn. Photo Crister Hangelin.

General information. The fieldfare is a cultural landscape species, thriving near human settlements. The nesting population has expanded over the past few years.

  • Length 27 cm
  • Nests in trees, wood piles, buildings etc
  • Winters in western Europe
  • Feeds on insects, conches and berries

Habitat. The fieldfare nests near urban, built up areas and along the fringe areas of villages. Vast, uniform forest areas are generally avoided by the fieldfare. Preferred habitat types include small forest areas fringing villages, parks, and copses in urban settings. Large colonies of up to 20 to 30 pairs accumulate in these areas. The fieldfare defends its breeding areas against enemies, such as squirrels and crows, with the use of effective tactics. As a result, many passerine birds choose to nest near fieldfare colonies to benefit from this protection.

Distribution in Vaasa. The fieldfare is evenly distributed across built up areas. It can also be found nesting on islands forests in the inner archipelago. Observations suggest that the first nesting of the season takes place in colonies during May. The second nesting occurs in the archipelago from June to July, comprising of single pairs. Only a minority of the population nests twice during a single season.