How long does a blackbird live?

Blackbirds are one of several other bird species that fall victim of wildlife attack and for this reason, they don’t live long. The average lifespan of a blackbird is 4 years with only a small percentage of blackbirds discovered to have lived up to 20 years.


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This is because blackbirds are prone to attacks from other bird species, and animals. The reason being that blackbirds unlike bird species like robins do not have body features designed to take on the wildlife.

Do Blackbirds Pair For Life?

Yes! Blackbirds are found to usually pair towards the breeding season. When blackbirds pair (male and female black birds), they remain with each other and they do this as a means of courtship. For black birds that pair for life, they begin their courtship process in the month of February (the time winter is mild).

Pairing of the blackbird could also be within the breeding season with both birds taking up parental responsibilities to make life as convenient as possible to incoming blackbird (eggs). The relationship between the blackbirds that pair for life is just so coordinated such that when the female blackbird incubates the eggs, the male bird is known to step in to save her the time by helping with the process.

How long does a blackbird live?

The breeding time/season is one way that black birds are known to come together. Another reason why blackbirds pair for life is to raise their eggs into birds. After the incubation process of 14 days, the blackbirds usually evacuate their nest for another 14 days. This is a means for both parents to provide their chicks with feeding aid necessary to improve their health.

Do Blackbirds Return To The Same Garden?

Blackbirds like to maintain their territory, so they often return to the same garden. For example, if you own a garden in north America that is safe and accommodative, it is found that adult winged blackbirds (female) may visit your safe garden every year to raise new male and female birds and also provide food and other things blackbirds eat.


By design, the black bird are known to claim back gardens and although they act less like other birds they don’t mind migrating every season in search of a new environment. The male blackbird would prefer to stay back in garden it is acquainted with. So it is very common to see the male blackbird return back to the same garden once the winter is over.

Sometimes they may come in pairs (male and female blackbird) most of the mild winter season. You may not have many species of blackbird come back when it’s not winter.

Do Blackbirds Nest In The Same Place Every Year?

Blackbirds could nest in same areas year round. This is usually due to the success rate of breeding season in one particular area. Know that birds can raise up to three broods in the same areas for three consecutive years. Although you won’t find many birds returning back to their nesting site every year.

One purpose of nesting is to breed younger blackbirds and once this purpose is accomplished, you will see many birds going back out in search of food in other territory and build their nest there. For facts, the blackbird may come back to nest in the same areas where you have gardens only to protect its young ones from predators.

How long does a blackbird live?

What Is The Lifespan Of A Blackbird?

On an average, a blackbird will survive about one to four years. Their lifespan may vary according to the environment where you have the blackbird. Some male and female blackbird are known to survive long (up to 15-20 years). The wildlife situation could determine the lifespan of a blackbird.

The Blackbird does not fly very high which also makes it a victim of wildlife. High flying predators in the same territory would attack young, low flying blackbirds. Most blackbirds die while they are still eggs in the nest.


Blackbirds will live a healthy life in friendly habitat/gardens.

Many factors could come into play ranging from how predator eat younger blackbirds to habitat or gardens hazards (harsh surroundings) on even adult blackbirds.

Yes, male and female pair of blackbird can as well have a positive impact on their life expectancy.


The lifespan of many blackbirds have is determined by the environment the blackbirds find themselves. Predators have been the leading cause of the reduction in the life expectancy of blackbird and many birds species and blackbirds have not been spared.

Average male and females blackbirds have adopted wildlife survival means to ensuring that they and their eggs live secure. Male and female blackbirds and other bird species secure means in feeding, breeding their eggs in the wildlife to reach at least three broods.

Male and female black birds pairing has always been a means to back the young blackbird in terms of help in shelter, help in feeding, and security of eggs/young birds in the territory. Average females blackbirds do well to return to areas and gardens where nesting is possible because of the success of previous breeding season. Males prefer to secure the territory while the female focus more on preserving her eggs from the wildlife.

Don’t chase blackbirds away when you notice them in your garden. Your gardens could as well be the safest areas for bird species to raise their eggs and young ones that will mark breeding success for the bird species.

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