While holidaying on Melbourne's Mornington Peninsula over the Christmas/New Year period, we had some regular visitors to my parent's yard; a bird we don't see up in sub-tropical Queensland.
The Common Blackbird was introduced to Melbourne, Australia in the 1850s. The male is the 'black' bird, with deep orange to yellow bill, a narrow yellow eye-ring and dark legs.
The female is a brown bird, with some streaks or mottling, and has a dark bill and legs. Immature birds are similar to the female with lighter underparts.
The Common Blackbird, was originally confined to Melbourne and Adelaide, but has gradually expanded its range throughout south-eastern Australia, both on the coast and inland, as far north as Sydney, and including Tasmania and the Bass Strait islands.
It is most often found in urban areas and surrounding localities, but has successfully moved into bushland habitats. It is often seen in orchards, vineyards and gardens, as well as along roadsides and in parks.
Linking with Stewart's meme: