Common blackbird / Amsel (Turdus merula)

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Amsel bei friedliweid. 2020-04-13 10.28.42 Friedliweid
Classification: Genus Turdus; Family Thrushes (Turdidae)
The first bird I loved listening to
Song: Melodisch flötend dazwischen auch zerquetschte Töne. Die Elemente werden nicht wiederholt. Singt von Singwarte aus. Ca. 100 verschiedene Strophentypen. [Link]
One of the most appreciated song birds. Very melodious and resonant, with long mellow notes and a large register. Less high pitched sounds than Song Thrush, and seldom repeats a phrase. Timbre fuller than both Song Thrush and Mistle Thrush. Well defined pauses between phrases, giving the song a relaxed pace. [Link]
Calls: Je nach Situation, „duck duck duck“, „tix-tix-tix“ in rascher Folge, „srieh“ (auch als Flugwarnruf) [Link]
Large repertoire of calls. Most characteristic is a hysterical rattle often given when flushed. Sometimes preceded by a hard "tok tok", which then accelerates into a panicky arpeggio-like crescendo. Contact call a thin redwing-like "srrreee". Alarm calls: a sharp "tink, tink" or a very high pitch falling whistle. [Link]
Physical details: length=24-25 cm, wingspan=34-38 cm, weight=80-125 g
Song: Other: Gut zu erkennen ist die Amsel. Sie singt melodiös, erklärt Heller, «zuerst flötend und dann gegen Schluss so schnirpslig». Die Amsel singe gerne dort, wo sie gut gehört werde, etwa vor Hauswänden, die den Schall nicht schlucken. Ich wollte schauen was schnirpslig heisst, aber diese ist diese einzige Verwendung, die Google kennt! Der flötende Teil ist relativ tief, 1.5-3 KHz, der schnirpslige aber 2.5-7 KHz. (Schnirpslig ist ein schones Wort das der Redner erfunden hat - Google findet nur diese eine Webseite mit dem Wort!) [Von der SRF Webseite:]
Song attributes: Melody: improvised melodic, slow, Frequency: 1-7 KHz Special sounds: flourish Singing season: 02-01 - 07-31 Dawn chorus start, 45 minutes before dawn.
Call: Loud falling series of notes, unlike anything else you hear from a blackbird
Call attributes: alarm call Call melody: simple rhythmic, slow, Frequency: medium (1-5 KHz),
First documented observation : 2019-06-04

Media


Boris the boring blackbird. 2020-04-15 09.19.37 Luppmen

Amsel hinter Hof Friedliweid, Fehraltorf 2020-04-13 07.32.16 Friedliweid (song)

Alarm rattle Had never heard something like this, but I saw a black bird land in a tree by the Luppmen and shortly thereafter a blackbird started singing, so I check xeno-canto for something similar. Sometimes called an alarm rattle. Source: XENOCANTO (alarm call)

Alarm rattle Heard on the Luppmen 2020-07-04 13.35.48 Luppmen (alarm call)

Alarm rattle Heard on the Luppmen Source: BirdNet 2020-06-23 06.18.54 Luppmen (alarm call)

Additional Images


Blackbird in back yard. 2020-07-11 13.27.49 Luppmen

Boris the blackbird in flight. 2020-06-23 19.22.34 Luppmen

Boris the boring blackbird. 2020-04-15 09.19.37 Luppmen

Amsel im baum. 2020-04-11 07.39.58 Luppmen

Unimaginative blackbird schuetzengasse. 2020-04-11 07.32.40 Luppmen

Additional Audio


♫ 2021-08-23 09.57.22 (song)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2021-03-29 18.26.11 Fehraltorf (call)

♫ 2021-03-24 06.11.05 (song)

♫ 2021-03-06 18.17.14 Luppmen (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2021-02-15 10.06.37 Fehraltorf (song?)

♫ 2020-07-08 16.09.31 Luppmen (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-06-23 06.18.54 Luppmen (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-06-15 08.50.03 Locarno (song?)

♫ 2020-06-13 18.29.15 Locarno (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-05-29 07.37.25 Luppmen (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-05-29 07.33.37 Luppmen (song?)

♫ 2020-05-29 05.02.19 Luppmen (song?)

♫ 2020-05-29 05.02.19 Luppmen (song?)

♫ 2020-05-24 16.18.11 Luppmen (song?)

♫ 2020-05-24 16.16.27 Luppmen (song?)

♫ 2020-05-24 16.14.14 Luppmen (song?)

♫ 2020-05-07 10.17.27 Hungerseeli (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-04-30 05.58.17 Luppmen (song?)

♫ 2020-04-28 05.25.07 Luppmen (song?)

♫ 2020-04-28 05.25.07 Luppmen (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-04-27 13.26.50 Luppmen (song?)

♫ 2020-04-24 05.48.59 Luppmen (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-04-22 05.44.09 Luppmen (song?)

♫ 2020-04-13 07.41.50 Friedliweid (song?)

♫ 2020-04-13 07.35.34 Luppmen (song?)

♫ 2020-04-13 07.32.16 Friedliweid (song?)

♫ 2020-04-13 06.41.55 Luppmen (song)

♫ 2020-04-03 06.06.45 Luppmen (song?)

♫ 2020-04-03 05.48.35 Luppmen (song?)

♫ 2019-06-08 16.52.30 Luppmen (song?)

♫ 2019-06-04 11.44.39 Forsthaus (song?)

♫ Source: XENOCANTO (alarm call)