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Red-winged Blackbird

Agelaius phoeniceus

2 species ID suggestions

Common Starling
Sturnus vulgaris Common Starling
Red-winged Blackbird
Agelaius phoeniceus Red-winged Blackbird


Ava T-B
Ava T-B 5 years ago

Beautiful portraits.

Theresa_Young 6 years ago

Thank you for the compliments as well! It was a nice suprise to have our little visitor!

Theresa_Young 6 years ago

Thank you for the ID!

DonnaPomeroy 6 years ago

I agree with the Red-winged Blackbird ID. They do look odd in this plumage.

freelancing 6 years ago

On closer inspection of the beak in particular, I think you're right on your ID of it being a juvenile red-winged blackbird. Interesting how similar the plumage patterns between these two species.

Very nice photos. I used to get red-winged blackbirds in my yard when I was about a mile from a park with a lake. They loved sunflower seeds and would get on the shepherd crooks in the yard like reeds and slide down them to catch bugs in the yard. They have a very distinct call.

freelancing 6 years ago

This is a common starling. They are an invasive non-native species that were brought here years ago as captive song birds. I rehabilitated one that had been shot. In a group, you'd never know they made pretty music. By themselves, they have quite the repertoire and can mimic other sounds. I used to leave classical music on when I was at work. One day, while sleeping (I had the night shift), my starling started singing an entire symphony he had heard on the radio.

Birding For Fun
Birding For Fun 6 years ago

It is a juvenile male Red-winged Blackbird. Nice spot.

Maine, USA

Lat: 44.95, Long: -69.73

Spotted on Apr 9, 2012
Submitted on Apr 9, 2012

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