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Blackbird (Turdus Merula)

A small songbird (the male being black, the female brown) living in Britain and Europe. Blackbirds were popular food in medieval times (hence the nursery rhyme 'four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie), and in fact were still eaten by early Victorians Mrs Beeton included a blackbird pie recipe in her book of 1861. In same areas of Southern Europe, blackbirds (and thrushes) are still used to make pate and terrines.

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