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 Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)




Red-winged Blackbird | Agelaius phoeniceus photo
Red-Winged Blackbird (Male), Burnaby Lake Regional Park (Piper Spit), Burnaby, British Columbia

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Red-winged Blackbird | Agelaius phoeniceus photo
Red-Winged Blackbird (Female), Burnaby Lake Regional Park (Piper Spit), Burnaby, British Columbia

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD FACTS

Description
The male Red-winged Blackbird is black with a red patch on the bend of the wing. Some subspecies have a yellow border below the red patch. The female is brown with heavy streaks across the chest and back, white stripe through the eye, and buff colored throat and face. She has a light stripe in middle of crown. The bend of the wing has brown or orange-red patch. Juveniles are similar to females, but males may be mostly black with brown to orange-red wing patch.

Size
17-23 cm

Environment
wetlands, marshes, meadows, pasture, woodland clearings.

Food
Insects, seeds, grain.

Breeding
Builds an open cup-shaped nest made of woven grass or marsh vegetation, coated with mud inside and lined with fine grass. Lays 3-4 pale blue-green eggs with dark streaks and splotches.

Range
Breeds from south eastern Alaska across Canada and the United States, through Mexico to Central America.

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