Red-winged Blackbird

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Red-winged Blackbird (Passeriformes: Icteridae: Agelaius phoeniceus) photographed 05/05/2013 at Pinckney State Recreation Area near Chelsea, Michigan.

Although they span most of North America, Red-winged Blackbirds (Passeriformes: Icteridae: Agelaius phoeniceus) are absent here in Michigan in the winter. In the summer, however, they’re exceedingly abundant. I frequently see males high atop trees, cattails, and other foliage calling for females. They seem especially common in wetland areas, but I often see them in meadows and on the edges of fields as well.

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Red-winged Blackbird (Passeriformes: Icteridae: Agelaius phoeniceus) photographed 05/05/2013 at Pinckney State Recreation Area near Chelsea, Michigan.

During breeding season males establish territories and vigorously defend them from intruders. Most males breed with multiple females, and some can host over a dozen nesting females in their territories.

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Red-winged Blackbird (Passeriformes: Icteridae: Agelaius phoeniceus) photographed 05/05/2013 at Pinckney State Recreation Area near Chelsea, Michigan.

Females bear much plainer plumage, perhaps to help them blend in with their surroundings. They tend to build their nests in low foliage just above the ground or water. These structures are intricately woven, providing sturdy homes in which to rear the next generation.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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2 Responses to Red-winged Blackbird

  1. dweinberg415 says:

    I love these birds. They make me happy when I see them ( so do hummingbirds). Thanks!

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  2. tamara says:

    What a suit! We do not have these birds here 😦

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