One of the most common garden/countryside birds, the male (Common) Blackbird has black plumage and a yellow/orange beak and yellow eyeliner. He sings beautifully.
The female Blackbird is not black but dark brown, usually with a dark brown beak; she has a speckled breast, sometimes darkly speckled and hardly noticeable and sometimes almost Thrushlike.
Some Blackbirds are resident all year round.
Others migrate to the UK in winter from northeast Europe where the winters are harder and food supply limited.
The female Blackbird's beak varies from all brown to degrees of brown and yellow and even all yellow, though not as bright as the male's orange bill.
The first year young adult male has dark brown, especially in the wing feathers, but usually an orange or part orange bill.
The fledgling and juvenile Blackbird are quite speckled