Streaked black and brown above and below, with a lead-grey head, the overall impression is of a nondescript, dark, ‘little brown bird’. Dunnocks have fine, dark bills, which help to tell them apart from the stout-billed House Sparrows. For their first few weeks young juvenile Dunnocks have confusingly pale bills and light speckled feathers, but they soon develop into their adult features.


Choosing to forage on the ground, they love dining on dried mealworms and small seeds. For more information on mealworms products.


Makes open-cup nest in undergrowth.