Fieldfare on branch


When the fieldfare begins to arrive en-masse in search of warmer weather, our winter is just around the corner. Of the 750,000 birds that come to our shores, fewer than than five pairs remain during the summer to breed. The rest return to Scandinavia.

These colourful little members of the thrush family are noisy and clamorous birds, gathering in loose flocks on fields and pastures and seen tucking into hawthorn berries. Like other thrushes, the fieldfare is partial to a bit of fruit, so coaxing one into your garden can be as simple as leaving out an apple core or two.

Scientific name: Turdus pilaris

Rank: Species

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The Fieldfare can be found in a number of locations including: Asia, China, Europe, Russia, United Kingdom, Wales. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Fieldfare distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.


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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Year assessed: 2009

Classified by: IUCN 3.1

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