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Red-winged blackbird

Agelaius phoeniceus


The male red-winged blackbird is one of the most recognizable birds in North America It is mostly black with very distinctive red and yellow shoulder patches, or epaulets. These shoulder patches can be seen in flight and when the bird is displaying them.


Red-winged Blackbirds can be found in fresh and saltwater marshes, along watercourses, water hazards on golf courses, and wet roadsides, as well as drier meadows and old fields. In winter, you can find them at crop fields, feedlots, and pastures. These birds can be found almost anywhere in North America, during the summer months. These birds do migrate south for the winter.


This set of photos is of one male, I have posted a series of pictures of the female in a different spotting simply because I want to show the differences of the two birds. The link to the female spotting is as follows:

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alicelongmartin 10 years ago

Lovely Series!

MayraSpringmann 10 years ago

Great spotting, Willie!!

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Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States

Spotted on Mar 29, 2012
Submitted on Jun 23, 2012

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