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Icelandic Blackbirds Raise Chicks on Livestream

By Yelena

A screenshot from https://ellisnorra.net/fugl/
Photo: A screenshot from https://ellisnorra.net/fugl/.

An Icelandic bird enthusiast has set up a live stream of a blackbird nest where viewers can watch the two parents raising their four chicks, which hatched on May 14. The nest is located in the Hvalfjarðarsveit region of West Iceland.

The stream was set up by Elmar Snorrason. Viewers can watch the blackbird pair laying on the chicks to keep them warm as well as bringing them mouthfuls of food, including worms.

Called a svartþröstur in Icelandic, the Eurasian blackbird (Turdus merula) was first recorded breeding in Iceland in 1969. There are now over 2,000 breeding pairs in the country, mostly nesting and wintering in Southwest Iceland but also in other regions.

Blackbird nest https://ellisnorra.net/fugl/
A screenshot from https://ellisnorra.net/fugl/. The blackbirds feed their chicks. The lighter-coloured female is on the left and the male on the right.

The Eurasian blackbird mostly nests in trees where it builds a neat, cup-shaped nest. Its light-blue eggs are about the size of a 10-króna coin, measuring around 2.7 cm (1 in) across. The birds most often lay 3-5 eggs, which they incubate for 13-15 days before they hatch. The species is monogamous, and an established pair will usually stay together for life.

The feed can be watched here.

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