Turdus iliacus




Thrushes (Turdidae)

Code 4


Code 6



Egg Color:

Blue green with red brown spots

Number of Eggs:

5 - 6

Incubation Days:

12 - 14

Egg Incubator:


Nest Location:

In trees or shrub., 3 - 30 feet above ground.

Nest Material:

Grasses, mud, and twigs.





Redwing: Medium-sized thrush with brown upperparts, dark-spotted white underparts, and rufous flanks. Eyebrows are white and conspicuous. Bill is yellow with black tip. Deep rufous-orange underwing linings are visible in flight. Legs and feet are yellow. Sexes are similar.

Range and Habitat

Redwing: This species is a native of Eurasia; it strays occasionally to Newfoundland and is an accidental visitor to Long Island, New York and coastal regions of the Mid-Atlantic states during winter. It also occurs in coastal regions of Greenland during migrations. Found in deciduous and mixed woodlands in summer and open fields and thickets during winter.

Breeding and Nesting

Redwing: Five to six blue green eggs with red brown spots are laid in a cup nest made of grass, mud, and twigs and built in a shrub or tree branch, 3 to 30 feet above the ground. Incubation ranges from 12 to 14 days and is carried out by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

Redwing: Eats insects, fruits, and berries. Hops on the ground to forage; also gleans food from branches and foliage.

Readily Eats

Raisins, Currants, Nut Meal


Redwing: Song is a loud fluid series of four to six notes, often descending and followed by a softer warble at the end. Calls include a high, thin "seeeeh", often given in flight, and a bold "kuck-kuck."

Similar Species

Redwing: Rare vagrant. Fieldfare has gray head and rump, black tail, and white wing linings.


Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X