The fieldfare resembles the American robin and is a member of the thrush family. It is an accidental visitor to North America and lives mainly in England, Ireland, Greenland and Siberia, as well as central and southerly portions of Europe.
The wings and the back of this bird are a rusty brown with the breast being white with brown markings. The bird's head is gray along with its backside with the tail a darker shade of gray that sometimes seems black.
The diet of the fieldfare includes many kinds of insects, slugs, fruit and berries, with the berries found in hawthorne hedges a favorite treat. It will hop across the ground looking for things to eat and will also dine on whatever it can find in shrubs and trees.
The fieldfare acquired its name from the old English "feld-fere" which meant a bird that traversed throughout the fields. The fieldfare probably got this name from its habit of moving all over while foraging for food.
In the winter, the fieldfare will stay close to open fields and agricultural lands but in the summer, it is an inhabitant of forests and the edges of the woods.
Vegetation, mud and smallish twigs comprise the nest of the fieldfare, which the bird builds either in the lower branches of a tree or on the ground. The female lays as many as six eggs in the nest that take two weeks to hatch.