Turdus iliacus (NL: Koperwiek / EN: Redwing / DE: Rotdrossel / FR: Grive mauvis) is a bird in the thrush family Turdidae, native to Europe and Asia, slightly smaller than the related Song Thrush. It is 20–24 cm long with a wingspan of 33–34.5 cm and a weight of 50–75 g. The sexes are similar, with plain brown backs and with dark brown spots on the white underparts. The most striking identification features are the red flanks (The binomial name derives from the Latin words Turdus, "thrush", and ile "flank") and underwing, and the creamy white stripe above the eye. It breeds in northern regions of Europe and Asia, from Iceland south to northernmost Scotland, and east through Scandinavia, the Baltic States, northern Poland and Belarus, and through most of Russia. It is migratory, wintering in western, central and southern Europe, northwest Africa, and southwest Asia east to northern Iran. In Belgium they are only seen during winter. During the cold days last February a group of about 50 specimen stayed for about 5 days in an old tree in my backyard, giving me the opportunity to make some images
Image: Wijnegem (B) - 11/02/2012
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