Blackbird Control (Turdus merula)

The blackbird was introduced from Europe in 1863. Currently found in south east Australia from the Eyre Peninsular in the west through to the Pacific coast of NSW. It ranges north to central NSW. It is also common throughout Tasmania. It is a fine singer. It’s diet includes almost anything from insects, spiders, molluscs, worms to seed, fruits and berries. It’s flight is fast and has a curious flickering of the wings. When it lands it moves it’s tail up and down. It breeds from September to January and lays 3 to 5 eggs, usually 4. It’s usually seen foraging on the ground, common in parks and gardens in the cities.
The blackbird, particularly in Tasmania, has become a pest in vineyards and orchards. They love grapes and cherries. Because of their ground hugging habits, they can be harder than many other species to repel. Often it is necessary to have two sonic fences protecting the crop’s boundaries – one up at the top of the canopy and another down low just above ground level to prevent the birds hopping along the ground and getting in under the sound up overhead.
Often when the local conditions and environment suits blackbirds there is also a silver-eye problem. Fortunately an installation to repel silver-eyes is usually adequate for blackbirds, although it may have to be beefed up to provide extra sound intensity, particularly near the ground.


8 thoughts on “Blackbird Control (Turdus merula)

  • it may sound crazy, but Blackbirds use an aggressive snapping sound when they feel threatened and need to chase off a threat or rival, so some sort of device that makes a snapping noise would potentially help them think they’re under attack and stay away as they’ll think the territory has been claimed

    • Hi Barbra

      We have a device we call the CEX on our website, it has a long history of repelling blackbirds

      It is always best to call us before any purchase 0754436344

      Regards Bird Gard

  • I have black birds nesting in my roof. I keep trying to block up holes but they keep finding a way. Pain in the ass.

    • Hi Alex

      Is it blackbirds or starlings ? we use products such as the eagle kite and the starling repeller. Always best to have a chat before buying something.

      Regards Bird Gard

    • Hi Amanda

      Google Common Koel call, is this the bird ?
      If so we might be able to help if the bird is in a tree on your land
      But if not, sorry we cant help you.
      Bird Gard

    • Hi Tammy
      Sorry we don’t know of any home made deterrent for blackbirds.
      We normally use our CEX device or the Bird Gard Kite to repel these birds.
      The Holographic tape might also be an option.


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