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Common Blackbird (Turdus merula).
Bear with me while I tell you a story of how I actually first came across this bird, and researched it here in Australia. It is a bird that is native to Europe.
About twenty years ago, Marge had a car accident, her car was off the road for several weeks, and because she had a 45-minute drive to get to work, I offered her the use of my car. At that time I worked only a five minute drive away, so I was able to walk to my employment, perhaps taking less than a half hour in walking time.
This walk involved passing through a local creek, across a footbridge. On my way home one afternoon, after crossing the creek, I happened to notice a bird scratching around amongst leaves beneath a tree. I had never seen this bird before - it was jet black, with a yellow beak. My curiosity was aroused, and I searched for information about it, but sadly found little.
I went further, and contacted a Museum in Sydney. After providing them with a detailed description of the bird in question, I was informed that it was a European Blackbird (Turdus merula). I was told that a hundred or so of this species was imported into Australia from Great Britain in the 1940s. They were housed in an aviary in southern Sydney, but a violent storm caused much damage to that aviary, and nearly all those birds escaped. As they are birds which favour a residence near a watercourse, many now live along the creeks and rivers in the Sydney basin. The creek I walked through every day, Toongabbie Creek, was just one of these.
I never gave these birds much thought in ensuing years. But about five years ago I heard the beautiful sound of a songbird in a tree next door to our home. And it turns out that the beautiful tune belonged to a Common Blackbird - I tracked it down on YouTube.

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Bev, I was truly lucky to get on to a very helpful lady at the Museum - nothing was too much trouble for her. ♥♥♥

Great story Nev.
We have blackbirds, but not this pretty. 5-27-17 6:40pm


Bobbie, I was fortunate to get a lovely lady at the Museum who was keen to help me. We must have exchanged at least half a dozen emails during the investigative process. She was the one who told me all about how the birds had escaped the aviary too. ♥♥♥


Janet, because they are so few in numbers, it is likely that these birds haven't emigrated beyond the Sydney area. We have plenty of waterways here, which they are no doubt happy to frequent, so probably haven't ventured any further.
I once had a friend on Jigidi called Eva, from the Czech Republic. She posted this bird one day, and I asked her if it had a beautiful song, like our ones here. She claimed it did, so we were obviously referring to the same bird. They are very common in Europe. ♥♥♥


What a fabulous story thanks Nev, none up here, so they must be happy with your climate. Thanks my friend with hugs, hugs to Marge and tickles to Barry. ♥♥♥


What a pretty bird, I'm so glad there free. Love the story Nev.☺♥♥


Ardy, it certainly was a kind fate that freed them from that aviary. And for a bird, they have the most beautiful song I have ever heard, so they must be happy now. ♥♥♥


Thanks, Nev, for sharing your story with this bird. I imagine the birds are happier in the wild than in an aviary. ☺

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