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bekisman
02-Nov-08, 14:05
Anyone help?
It looks like a Blackbird, it's the same size as a blackbird, it moves like a Blackbird but it's got a dark beak - is it a different species?

Mystical Potato Head
02-Nov-08, 14:21
Have read of cases being reported of blackbirds with black/dark beaks,also seems there are quite a few white partially albino blackbirds,haven't seen any myself though.
Found this link about the subject

http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://www.wildaboutbritain.co.uk/gallery/files/2/8/4/3/novcomp069800x600.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.wildaboutbritain.co.uk/forums/british-birds/6814-part-albino-female-blackbird.html&h=600&w=800&sz=72&hl=en&start=5&um=1&usg=__JXaDE7-PxCW6qT_WhLSK7qBcT9k=&tbnid=yz1Vd7WSRzxt5M:&tbnh=107&tbnw=143&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dblackbird%2Bwith%2Bblack%2Bbeak%26um% 3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DG

bekisman
02-Nov-08, 22:26
Thanks for that; could be..

Rheghead
03-Nov-08, 00:59
Anyone help?
It looks like a Blackbird, it's the same size as a blackbird, it moves like a Blackbird but it's got a dark beak - is it a different species?

There is a brief period within a juvenile blackbird's development where it has a dark beak.

bekisman
04-Nov-08, 18:15
so tiz..
Black billed blackbirds - they are blackbirds, they are young males with a first winter black beak. It starts to turn orange the following year. (Details found in the Reader's Digest book on wild birds.)