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Conservation status

Least Concern (LC)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Genus: Turdus
Species: T. iliacus
Binomial name
Turdus iliacus
Linnaeus, 1766

The Redwing (Turdus iliacus) is a member of the thrush family Turdidae.

It breeds in conifer and birch forest and tundra in northern Europe and Asia. It is strongly migratory, with many northern birds moving south during the winter. It is a very rare breeder in Great Britain and Ireland, but winters in large numbers in these countries.

Redwings nest in shrubs or on the ground, laying several eggs in a neat nest. Migrating birds and wintering birds often form large flocks, often with fieldfares.

Redwings often construct their nests on the ground.
Redwings often construct their nests on the ground.

The Redwing is similar in size to the Song Thrush. It is omnivorous, eating a wide range of insects and earthworms in summer, and berries in winter.

The sexes are similar, with plain brown backs and streaked white underparts. The most striking identification features are the red flanks and underwing, and the white stripe above the eye.

The male has a varied short song, and a whistling flight call.

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