FIELDFARE (Turdus pilaris)

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The Fieldfare is found throughout Switzerland except in the most southern parts, it occurs right up to the tree-line but is mostly concentrated between 800 - 1200m. It is a bird of northern Europe and Scandinavia and in Switzerland is more common in the northern slopes of the northern Alps.

It is a generally noisy bird, moving around in loose flocks that call to each other to maintain contact. The call is a nasal harsh "chack-chack" and it carries a colloquial French name of "tchatcha" which also describes it well. This raucous call is also often accompanied by various other seemingly random whistles and squeaks:

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Here is another short piece where the calls are accompanied by other chuckling noises:

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I have also heard Fieldfares singing - a rather quiet song something like a screechy Blackbird but less obvious, but as yet have not been able to get a decent recording of it.

 

 

 

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