Key facts

Scientific name: Turdus pilaris

Status: Winter visitor, rare breeder

Breeding birds: 1 – 2 pairs

Wintering birds: 720,000

Conservation status: Red

Length: 25 cm

Wingspan: 39 – 42 cm

Weight: 80 – 120 g


Fieldfares are large thrushes. Male and female fieldfares look similar except the female is duller and browner.

Male fieldfares have a blue-grey crown, nape and rump, a chestnut brown back and a black tail. The breast is buff with black speckles and the underwing is white.

Juvenile fieldfares are duller without a grey head.


Fieldfares build cup-shaped nests from grass, moss and twigs and lined with mud.

The eggs are smooth and glossy and pale blue with reddish speckles. Females incubate the eggs for 11-14 days and the young fledge the nest at 12-16 days.


Fieldfares’ diets consist of worms, snails and insects. They will also eat fruit particularly windfalls.


Where to see them

Fieldfares begin to arrive in the UK in October and they begin to return from March. You may see some as late as May.

The can be spotted in the countryside alongside hedges and fields. They may venture into gardens during the winter when snow covers the ground.


Stein Ø. Nilsen/xeno-canto

Did you know?

Fieldfares will dive-bomb predators who try and approach their nest firing poo at them to keep them away.

Birds in your inbox

Sign up for the latest news and updates