ID from Melbourne's Southeast

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eternalrush
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ID from Melbourne's Southeast

Hi,

I found this bird digging around in my backyard but cannot seem to identify what it is after a long search. Unfortuately I couldn't get a clearer photo than this. Can anyone tell me what bird this is?

Thanks in advance

Woko
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Looks like a female Common Blackbird to me, eternalrush. One to be discouraged as it's introduced & competes successfully, unfortunately, against native birds.

dwatsonbb
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Second female Common Blackbirds, locally known as rats of the sky!

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

eternalrush
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Thanks a lot, I didn't know that the bill wasn't always yellow and that the females were quite different in colour and that, good to know but unfortunate that they're invasive.

Woko
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If you feel inclined to encourage native birds you could discourage Common Blackbird by destroying their nests in spring. Persistence is required as they often rebuild destroyed nests.

And encouraging & restoring indigenous native vegetation will give native birds a better chance at competing with Blackbirds.

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