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The common name is taken from the male bird's distinctive white stripes on bottom of their red shoulder patches, or "epaulets", which are visible when the bird is flying or displaying. In 2006 the tricolored blackbird was classified as Endangered by BirdLife International. Like the extinct passenger pigeon, the colonial nature of the tricolored blackbird makes it particularly vulnerable to extinction.
Tidepools in a rocky shore next to cliffs in Hwy 1, CA.
Spotted on Sep 24, 2014
Submitted on Feb 4, 2015