Definition of fieldfare in English:



  • A large migratory thrush with a gray head, breeding in northern Eurasia.

    • ‘We left the green and its old houses and found ourselves on a flat plateau of pastureland with sheep, seagulls, fieldfares and long views over Bilsdale to the east.’
    • ‘The snowfall had died out, a heron and a flock of fieldfares put in an appearance.’
    • ‘The berries are startling and I am very much looking forward to the arrival of the northern blackbirds, the fieldfare and redwing.’
    • ‘A finch-like flock flurried on a field and high in the sky a fast-gliding flock, perhaps of fieldfares, split then re-emerged.’
    • ‘A hundred fieldfares were nervously shifting from the fields to trees then back to the fields.’
    • ‘Back on the tops, a flock of fieldfares had gathered in a pasture but were soon frightened off by a kestrel.’
    • ‘The first known breeding of fieldfares in Britain was in 1967 when a pair nested in Orkney.’
    • ‘Redwing journey here non-stop from southern Scandinavia often in company with fieldfares and blackbirds.’
    • ‘Starlings had the pickings from the grass one side of the hairpin road, fieldfares the other.’
    • ‘There was a fieldfare, and a couple of birdwatchers with bigger binoculars and more knowledge than me said they had seen a female sparrow hawk and 30 widgeon.’
    • ‘Back at the start again it was noisy, with starlings, fieldfares, and flocks of young children.’
    • ‘And the fields below are now empty as the fieldfare have started out on their big journey to who knows where.’
    • ‘The first sign of autumn is the arrival of fieldfares and redwings coming back from their summer holidays in Scandinavia, pausing to pig out on rowan berries.’
    • ‘The redwing, fieldfare and blackbirds are all involved in serious territorial swoops between trees.’
    • ‘Soon we turned our backs on lovely Wensleydale, took some fine tracks, including Folly Lane, and crossed a high and empty landscape under a sky full of fieldfares.’
    • ‘We were stopped in our tracks as wave after wave of fieldfares with a soft chirping twittering glided out of tall silver birch trees and on to patches of pasture.’
    • ‘Most observations relate to larks, pipits and finches but kestrels are capable of taking such quarry as fieldfares, turtle doves and lapwing.’
    • ‘In the fields there were plenty fieldfares and redwings who are related to the song thrush.’
    • ‘It was a rich source of food for many insects and the berries are eaten by a number of birds, including thrushes, fieldfares and waxwings, which are themselves in decline.’
    • ‘Many birds are attracted by ornamental berries - blackbirds, starlings, thrushes and mistle thrushes are regularly seen in fruiting trees and bushes, and if you are lucky you may also be visited by fieldfares, redwings and even waxwings.’


Late Old English feldefare, perhaps from feld field + the base of faran to travel (see fare).