Basic Description. With a golden head, a white patch on black wings, and a call that sounds like a rusty farm gate opening, the Yellow-headed Blackbird demands your attention. Look for them in western and prairie wetlands, where they nest in reeds directly over the water.
There are many birds with yellow heads. Some popular ones include Yellow-headed Blackbird, Yellow-throated Vireo, American Goldfinch, Evening Grosbeak, Pine Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Western Tanager, and Hooded Oriole.
Yellow-headed blackbirds can generally be found from the Mississippi River westward. They spend the summer in the west-central United States and Canada and the winter in the western United States from California to Texas and south to Mexico and Central America.
Nest: Placed in marsh, firmly lashed to standing vegetation (cattails, bulrushes, reeds) growing in water, usually no more than 3’ above water’s surface. Nest (built by female) is a bulky, deep cup woven of aquatic plants, lined with dry grass or with fine, dry marsh plants.
Yellow-headed Blackbirds are striking birds with a glossy black body, bright yellow heads and chests, and white patches on the wings in males.
Measurements. In summer, adult Golden-crowned Sparrows are streaked brown above and smooth gray to brown below, with a black crown and bright-yellow forehead. Winter and immature Golden-crowned Sparrows are duller, with brown replacing black on the head and less obvious yellow on the crown.
There are five species of the blackbirds in North America, the Red-winged Blackbird and the Rusty Blackbird are the only two that may be seen in eastern North America, while the Brewer’s Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird and Tricolored Blackbird are seen from the central regions of North America to the western …
The only blackbird commonly observed with yellow beaks in the US is the common blackbird, also known as the Eurasian blackbird. Common Hawks are also blackbirds with yellow beaks but are only found in the United States during the winter season when all other birds have migrated to other regions.
Basic Description. A bird almost universally considered “cute” thanks to its oversized round head, tiny body, and curiosity about everything, including humans. The chickadee’s black cap and bib; white cheeks; gray back, wings, and tail; and whitish underside with buffy sides are distinctive.
Canary Colors and Markings
The wild canary is greenish yellow over most of its body with yellow underparts. Due to the selective breeding of the domestic canary, canaries come in an array of bright colors, including orange, white, red, and yellow. Yellow is the most common color for the domestic canary.
Adult males are black above and rich reddish-chestnut below. They have a black head and throat, with a reddish-chestnut patch at the bend of the wing. Females are greenish yellow with two white wing bars and no black. Immature males look like females, but have black around the bill and throat.
This bird is different from a Goldfinch because they’re slightly smaller, measuring 3-4″ inches in length while Goldfinches measure 4-5″ inches in length, and they also have brown streaking on their chest and back instead of solid yellow like a Goldfinch.
American Goldfinches are slightly larger than Pine Siskins. Although they can show yellowish tones in winter, they never have the bold streaking on the breast and back that is a hallmark of the Pine Siskin.
Juveniles and female goldfinches are less colorful. In winter, males have a dark bill and dull yellow body feathers. One other way to tell the difference between a yellow warbler vs a goldfinch is that goldfinches have white patches under their tails.
The coloring of the Blackbird makes the creature a symbol of death, change, magic, and mystery. Often, Blackbirds represent or are sacred to Tricksters, demi-gods, or Gods and Goddesses in myth, and Shamans consider these creatures Spirit messengers.
Yellow birds are known to symbolize joy, positivity, enthusiasm and liveliness. They are also a sign of good luck and fortune to come, freedom and power.
|Clutch Size:||1-7 eggs|
|Incubation Period:||11-15 days|
|Nestling Period:||10-17 days|
|Egg Description:||Light blue, pearl gray, white, or dark brown, usually spotted with brown.|
|Condition at Hatching:||Blind and naked except for sparse brownish down; poorly coordinated, weighing just under a quarter-ounce.|
Found in reedbeds in Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil, and Bolivia. Lifespan: 13+ years in captivity, average 2-4 years in the wild. Special Adaptations: They use the long, pointed bill like a woodpecker to open vegetable matter.
Population Status. Counts of yellow-headed blackbirds in Minnesota have declined by an average of 1.86 percent per year since 1967 in the North American Breeding Bird Survey. The birds are a species in greatest conservation need in the state and the subject of a conservation plan by Audubon Minnesota.