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Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)



Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) - Female Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) - Female Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) Juvenile Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) Male Bicolor Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) Male Flying
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) Female

Class: Aves
Family: Icteridae
Common Name: Red-winged Blackbird
Genus: Agelaius
Species Name: phoeniceus

About The Red-winged Blackbird

A small (7-9 ½ inches) blackbird, the male Red-winged Blackbird is most easily identified by its small size, black body, and red-and-yellow “shoulder” patches visible during the male’s breeding display. Female Red-winged Blackbirds are streaked brown overall with faint tan eye-stripes. Males of this species are unmistakable when their bright patches are visible, and no other female blackbird in North America is so heavily streaked. The Red-winged Blackbird primarily breeds from Alaska and northwestern Canada south to northern Central America. In winter, northerly-breeding populations migrate south to the southern U.S.Populations breeding further south are generally non-migratory. Red-winged Blackbirds breed in wetland habitats, including freshwater and saltwater marshes, damp grasslands, and flooded rice fields. Individuals that migrate utilize similar habitats in the winter as in summer. Red-winged Blackbirds primarily eat insects during the summer, switching over to a diet composed of seeds and grains in the winter. In appropriate habitat, Red-winged Blackbirds are most easily seen while foraging for food on the stalks and leaves of marsh grasses. During the breeding season, males may be observed displaying their “shoulder” patches from prominent perches in the grass while singing this species’ buzzing “konk-la-ree” song. Red-winged Blackbirds are primarily active during the day.



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Bibliographic Citation: Rumelt, Reid B. Agelaius phoeniceus. June-July 2012. Brief natural history summary of Agelaius phoeniceus. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.

Trips Where Observed

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San Francisco 2007
Southeast Arizona
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Sites Where Observed

Location
Date
Notes
4/14/2013
1/2/2015
Huge flock of blackbirds, could have been brewers

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