don't think this got through, so I'll try again.
explanation I have heard (cannot remember where, or who from) is that the
population density of Blackbirds in Melbourne is such that the males do not have
static or well-defined territories, and may often "share" a territory with other
breeding males. Their song is a territorial one, so without a set
territory to defend, they may not have a need to sing a complete
I said, I don't know where I heard this, so it is of possibly doubtful
Michael Hunter in his report on a visit to Paris mentioned that he wished
his Blackbirds at home sang as well as the French ones that he heard.
I moved to Australia from the UK 10 years ago and have yet to hear a
Blackbird sing anywhere close to as well as I was used to back in the "old
Their song over here just never seems to really get going.I've asked a
few Aussies who've said that yes they do sing well here,but they haven't
heard an English Blackbird in full song. The question is why?
Are they longing for home?!