Red-winged Blackbird
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General description.

The Red-winged Blackbird is a beautiful bird. It is named for the red patches on the males' shoulders. The size of these patches depends on the social status of the male and whether or not it is breeding season. This bird can often be found on the ground hopping around, foraging for seeds and berries. The Red-winged Blackbird nests in trees and reeds. If someone wanted to put food in their bird feeders to attract the Red-winged Blackbird, they should place breadcrumbs and birdseed in the feeder. Though this bird is a very common bird, it is vulnerable to pesticides and habitat loss. Sometimes nests are destroyed when lain in high grass to be mowed.

Female appearance.

The female Red-winged Blackbird is streaked throughout her body with different shades of brown. She also has a white eyebrow and reddish brown feathers under and around her bill.

Juvenile appearance.

Year old males have less streaking than the female, but are not glossy black like the males yet. They also have some red on their shoulders already.

Flight pattern.

Direct with rapid wing beats.

Breeding habits.

Some males polygamous.

Calls or song.

conk-la-ree or gurr-ga-lee and clack, deek, and tiink

Population and distribution.

Abundant to common

Nesting habits.

The Red-wing Blackbird nests in trees and shrubs and lays 3-5 pale blue-green eggs in May.
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