Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

While walking back to the car from my daily adventure in Institute Woods, I heard the distinctive "conk-la-ree" songs male Red-winged Blackbirds produce and looked up. The males use this call to establish territories and communicate with other birds. It took a few seconds to find the bird in the tree. Maybe it’s just my perception, but during this time of the year, it seems like the Red-winged Blackbird is as common as the American Robin.

The Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) is a passerine bird found across North America. They are migratory birds, with populations in northern regions migrating southward during winter months.

Red-winged Blackbirds inhabit marshes, wetlands, and grasslands, often near water bodies. They are omnivorous, feeding on a diet of insects, seeds, grains, and small vertebrates.

Red-winged Blackbirds are sexually dimorphic, with males having glossy black plumage and distinctive red and yellow shoulder patches. Females are brownish-black with paler streaks. Their breeding season spans from spring to summer, during which males defend territories and display their red epaulettes to attract mates. Females build cup-shaped nests in dense vegetation, where they lay eggs and raise their young.

Author: Khürt Williams

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