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    Redwing

    Turdus iliacus

    Information

    In November nights you may hear high-pitched, drawn out “tseep” calls even over towns. These are Redwings migrating southward maintaining contact with members of their flocks. This characteristic bird of North European deciduous and coniferous woods is one of the most widespread breeding birds in Scandinavian birch forests. Pairs which prematurely abort their return migration occasionally try to breed far to the south of their usual area in higher elevations with similar habitats.

    Voice

    Status (in CH)
    regular, common migrant, scarce winter visitor, extremely rare summer visitor
    Annual cycle
    The bar on the top line indicates during which seasons the species can be observed regularly in Switzerland. There can be great seasonal fluctuations of numbers. The middle bar indicates the typical migration seasons of a species. The bottom bar indicates the period during which the species normally breeds. As a rule it spans the period from egg-laying to fledging of the young.
    Annual cycle
    Annual cycle

    Facts

    Population size in Switzerland (Pairs)
    -
    Migration behaviour
    short-distance migrant
    Diurnal/nocturnal migrant
    Diurnal and nocturnal migrant
    Length (cm)
    19-23
    wing span (cm)
    33-34
    Weight (g)
    55-75
    Nest site
    trees
    Food
    earthworms, berries, insects
    Group
    Chats and Thrushes
    Habitat
    farmland, orchards, wetlands
    Distribution
    Distribution
    Distribution