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Rio Grande Red-winged Blackbird

agelaius phoeniceus megapotamus


This was a new bird for me that I didn't know existed. After looking at my pictures I could tell there was something different about it. Comparing it to the Red-winged blackbirds that are in Washington state that I'm used to seeing and photographing. This bird is larger, has longer tail feathers, and it isn't jet black - it is a darker grayish black. This subspecies was first described in 1911.


Spotted at the edge of a densely wooded area.

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Brian38 a year ago

Thanks for commenting Sukanka, Mel, and DrNamgyalTSherpa. This was an exciting find. Happy New Year, everyone!

DrNamgyalTSherpa a year ago

Great spotting Brian!

Mel11 a year ago

What a lovely bird, particularly like the gold his back

SukanyaDatta a year ago

Spotting a new species is a lovely feeling! 2021 has begun well for you...I hope it progresses the way it has begun.
The A needs to be in caps, though. Please, if you donot mind.

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Mission, Texas, United States

Spotted on Nov 16, 2020
Submitted on Jan 4, 2021

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