The Blackbird
The Blackbird

The Blackbird

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Author Hay Wijnhoven
Language Dutch
ISBN 9789045033952
Publisher Atlas Contact, Publishing
Pages 256
Format 21.6 x 14.6 x 2.1 cm
Binding method Paperback
Pictures No
Year of publication May 2017


No bird has been more advanced in almost every corner of Europe than the blackbird during the last two centuries. Between Iceland and the Ural mountains more than one hundred million of these "black thrushes" live, so that more and more people become familiar with his moving, melancholy song. do those once shy forest birds have that done? What is the difference between a forest and a city blackbird? Are blackbirds really as "territorial and monogamous" as claimed? And is it really that good with them? The blackbird turns out to be a very colorful bird that feels at home almost everywhere.

Hay Wijnhoven (1958) studied at the University of Wageningen and completed a course at the Arnhem School of the Arts. He works as an artist and makes scientific drawings. As an entomologist Hay is specialized in hay wagons (Opiliones). Earlier, he published Mereldagboek.


In this tenth part of the 'Vogelserie' the author, artist and entomologist describes the blackbird on the basis of the blackbirds in his garden. The blackbird is a beloved study object for scientists. There are many varieties in all kinds of color variations around the world. There is also variation on a small scale. City blackbirds, adapted to man, behave differently than forest blackbirds. City and forest blackbirds from the same region are more similar than urban blackbirds from different cities. The blackbirds and the author build a band and the blackbird pairs get names. The process of finding and winning territory is described with humor. There are divorces and negotiations and mutual contact consists of sex or violence. The females are also their male, it appears. The full vocals make an impression: '... blackbirds compose, plan and delete their songs for their entire lives.' Also breeding behavior, nutrition (berries, snails, worms), migration, predators (especially the cat) and breeding are discussed. 'The power of the blackbird is its adaptability.' With very extensive literature list and funny black and white silhouettes. On the cover a color image of a blackbird. More of the author was published as 'Mereldagboek' (2010) *. Lisette Eindhoven

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