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blackbird Songbird of the thrush family, common in gardens and woodland throughout most of Europe, the Near East, Australia, and New Zealand. The male has jet-black plumage and a bright orange bill. The female is brown, with a brown bill. The blackbird feeds on earthworms and other invertebrates. Length: to 25cm (10in). Species Turdus merula.

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black·bird / ˈblakˌbərd/ • n. 1. a European thrush (genus Turdus) with mainly black plumage. 2. an American bird (family Icteridae) with a strong pointed bill. The male has black plumage that is iridescent or has patches of red or yellow.

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1. (Turdus merula) See TURDIDAE.

2. (New World blackbirds) See ICTERIDAE.

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blackbird the blackbird is noted for its song; it is also the emblem of the 7th-century Irish monk St Kevin.

In the 19th century, blackbird was also a slang term for a black or Polynesian captive on a slave ship.


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