Fieldfare (Turdus pilarus)




The Fieldfare is a larger songbird belonging to the Thrushes family and about the size of a blackbird. As breeding bird the Fieldfare is resident to central and eastern Europe and summer visitor to Northern Europe including north Russia.


The Fieldfare has a long tail, a stocky built. It can easily be identified in flight by its grey rump and white underwings. When sitting the one will immediatlely reckognise the grey crown and nape and the red-brown back and brouwn upperwings; breast and flanks are heavily spotted. As is customary for thrushes, the fieldfare has long legs. Another good identification feature is their call which is a chattering "shack-schack-schak".


We find the Fieldfare as breeder in a variety of habitats such us woodland, bush and scrub areas, parks, avenues of trees, in gardens and in green courtyards. During autumn and winter fieldfares love to gather in larger groups and we also find them on arable land where they can easily be identified by their noisy calls.




Bird Facts: Fieldfare


Breeding – Clutch – Measurements – Habitat – Food - Threats



Order: Passerines (Passeriformes)

Family: Turdidae

Genus: Turdus

Species: Fieldfare


Scientific Name: Turdus pilaris


Names and Synonymes of the Fieldfare


Name in German: Wachholderdrossel

Name in Czech: Drozd kvíčala

Name in Slovak: Drozd čvíkota

Name in Hungarian: Fenyőrigó

Name in Croat: Drozd Bravenjak

Name in French: Grive litorne

Name in Spanish: Zorzal Real

Name in Portuguese: Tordo-zornal

Name in Italian: Cesena

Name in Dutch: Kramsvogel

Name in Finish: Räkättirastas

Name in Norwegian: Gråtrost

Name in Danish: Sjagger

Name in Swedish: Björktrast

Name in Polnisch: Kwiczoł

Name in Russian: Рябинник

Name in Greek: Κεδρότσιχλα, Τρυγονότζικλα

Name in Turkey: Ardıç Kuşu, Tarla ardıcı, tarla ardycy


Distribution – Movements – Habitat – Behaviour