Eurasian Blackbird (Male)
Eurasian Blackbird (Female)
Scientific Name 
Turdus merula
Arabic Name 
الشحرور الشائع
Kuwaiti name 
25.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 


Scarce but widespread and regular visitor in winter. One of Eurasia’s most widespread thrushes. Although a shy bird, its distinctive alarm calls easily make its presence known.
Where in Kuwait 
The male is an all black bird with a bright golden yellow bill. It is found from city centres to mature gardens and parks and has been recorded along the coast at Green Island, at Jahra Farms and as far west as Al Abraq
In the world 
It has an extremely large range with a stable population and breeds in temperate Eurasia, North Africa, the Canary Islands, and South Asia. Populations are sedentary in the south and west of the range, although northern birds migrate south as far as northern Africa and tropical Asia in winter. The Common Blackbird, unlike many black creatures, is not normally seen as a symbol of bad luck and is the national bird of Sweden.
Local threats 
Habitat loss and degradation