The yellow-headed blackbird is a medium-sized blackbird very easy to recognize by its golden head and white stripes on black wings.
One of the most abundant birds across North America, and one of the most boldly colored, the Red-winged Blackbird is a familiar sight atop cattails, along soggy roadsides, and on telephone wires.
Abstract. Red-winged blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus) are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), which has provisions against take.
Summary. Female Red-winged Blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus) are often aggressive towards conspecific females during the breeding season. We hypothesize that the function of female-female aggression in this species is to guard the nonshareable portion of the male’s parental investment.
Where do Red-winged blackbirds migrate to? California and Mexico are popular winter destinations for migratory Red-winged blackbirds traveling from Canada and the northern U.S. Other states that have large visiting populations in winter months include Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina.
Females, however, are actually dark brown, with lighter brown streaks on the breast. Juveniles look similar to the fully-grown female but have copper streaks. Males have a bright yellow bill and distinctive yellow eye ring. Females have a duller, yellow-brown beak.
Common Grackles are blackbirds that look like they’ve been slightly stretched. They’re taller and longer tailed than a typical blackbird, with a longer, more tapered bill and glossy-iridescent bodies. Grackles walk around lawns and fields on their long legs or gather in noisy groups high in trees, typically evergreens.
The pied crow is slightly smaller and has a white chest and belly with a black, more delicate beak compared to the black chest and belly of the larger white-necked raven which also has a white tipped and weightier beak. It is larger than the black crow.
A bird’s wingpit is the equivalent to the human armpit, the area close to the body on the interior of the underside of the wing. This area can show distinct colors or markings vital for bird identification. Look for streaks, barring, or color patches on any in-flight bird you’re trying to identify.
Most mockingbirds have a gray or white underbelly and some species exhibit white bars on their wings, which vary in color from black to gray to brown.
Mockingbirds show aggressive behavior in neighborhoods where there’s more lead in the soil. Mockingbirds (Mimus polyglottos) are known to be a territorial species, but researchers recently found that the presence of lead in the environment can make them even more territorial and aggressive.
Adult. Northern Mockingbirds are larger than Gray Catbirds with a paler belly. They also have 2 white wingbars, which Gray Catbirds do not have.
Top to bottom: the common grackle, red-winged blackbird, European starling and brown-headed cowbird establish large roosts that can be a nuisance or health hazard.
Red-winged blackbirds are found in cattail, tule, sedge, and salt marshes as well as in wetlands. They are also found in wet shrubby fields, at the edge of secondary growth, hayfields, old fields, pastures, and even urban parks. During the winter, red-winged blackbirds are found in open fields and croplands.
Though they may be one of the most abundant native birds on the continent, Red-winged Blackbird populations declined by about 0.72 per year throughout most of their range between 1966 and 2019, resulting in a cumulative estimated decline of 28% according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey.
Male Red-winged Blackbirds will aggressively defend their territory, which can be as large as half an acre, during breeding season (which lasts throughout Summer). Male birds have been seen chasing dogs and other animals off, in addition to other birds, but welcome female Red-winged Blackbirds.
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Attracting Red-winged Blackbirds to Your Feeder:
During migration, these ravenous flocks can drain feeders in a matter of hours. Red-winged Blackbirds are most comfortable feeding on the ground, so spreading cracked corn, millet, or even oats in your yard can attract these black beauties.
Bully birds include blackbirds, grackles, pigeons, European starlings and house sparrows. The last three are non-native species and are not protected by law. These hungry avian invaders are often attracted to a yard by the cheap wild birdseed mix or suet that’s made available on the ground or in easy-access feeders.
Feeds on many insects, especially in summer, including beetles, caterpillars, grasshoppers, and others; also spiders, millipedes, snails. Majority of adult’s annual diet (roughly three-fourths) is seeds, including those of grasses, weeds, and waste grain. Also eats some berries and small fruits.
Depending on the culture, Blackbird Spirit may be welcome as a good omen or the messenger of bad news. The dark wings of Blackbird give it associations with the Otherworld and the great Mysteries that haunt human souls; this also means it can fly as a messenger of death.