The Blackbird was bought to New Zealand by nostalgic English settlers in the 1860s. They were abundant across most of the country 30 years later.
The male is all black with an orange beak, while the female is all brown. Juveniles have a speckled chest which they lose as they reach adulthood.
Blackbirds are abundant at Cornwall Park, and all New Zealand. They are common in suburban parks and gardens, scrub and native bush.
The Blackbird's main diet consists of insects and fruit, most of which is foraged for on the ground especially after freshly mown grass.
Males can be heard from late July, a clear flute like whistle, and mellow song until alarmed when they make a sharp 'tchink, tchink, tchink'.