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Bird Guide: Dunnock

Not to be confused with a House Sparrow, our Dunnock bird guide will help you learn the difference between these popular garden birds. Firstly, they have a thinner beak and orange legs. They’re also known for having quick, little movements and flicking out their wings. They love seeds and insects, but are just as happy with kitchen scraps!

To find out more about other birds, take a look at our interactive bird guide.

 

Dunnock

About


Dunnocks are relatively plain looking with a grey underside and streaked brown and black back.

About

Locations

Can be spotted in most areas across the UK

Habitat

Woodlands and gardens, they particularly like areas of undergrowth

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Breeding


The Dunnock breeding season takes place between April and July. They typically lay two, possibly three broods per year and lay 4-5 bright blue eggs per brood. Nests are made of leaves, roots, twigs, hair and wool and will usually be hidden in thick bushes, hedges or small trees.

Breeding

Size

Wingspan:
20 cm

Length:
14cm

Diet

Insects and seeds

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