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Red Winged Black Bird

Agelaius phoeniceus Gubernator

Description:

This male Red Winged Black Bird was caught up in a major territorial dispute.

Habitat:

foothills

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34 Comments (1–25)

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

Thanks Sachin.

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

J,we do have tricolored black birds in Northern California. One of the latest videos posted by Audobon.
http://youtu.be/7EU8uqnXxHw

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 8 years ago

Beautiful !

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

thank you Arun. There were lots of these among the reeds trying to settle their territories very vigilantly.

Arun
Arun 8 years ago

nice spotting !!

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

J.there was a study which showed that some phenotypic traits in adults are strongly influenced by their exposure during childhood and adolescence.

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

eye color and hair color is genetic.So it is natural to assume that wing color would be. But Phenotypes can change because of environment and diet too.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Hemma, I would say that there is a definite genetic difference within species of Red-winged Blackbirds, though I definitely do think environment also has something to do with it as well. It is probably a combination.

Hema
Hema 8 years ago
Hema
Hema 8 years ago

thanks Next to. These are lovely birds,

nexttogone
nexttogone 8 years ago

Great series. Love how you captured it sporting it's colors.

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

Thanks Cole!!

Nayeli
Nayeli 8 years ago

Fantastic series Hemma :)

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

bicolored populations are most closely related to one another, to the exclusion of adjacent typical populations, despite being separated by nearly 3000 kilometers.
http://www.tc.umn.edu/~barke042/projects...
Scroll for info on blackbirds.

Awesome capture Hemma,gorgeous series,great info and chat about ,very cool,congrats and thanks for sharing

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

Wow J,that is indeed Fascinating!! So there is no relationship between Genetics and Wing PAtch color?!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Awesome! I also read this from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology:
"Different populations and subspecies of Red-winged Blackbirds vary markedly in size and proportions. An experiment was conducted that moved nestlings between populations and found that the chicks grew up to resemble their foster parents. This study indicated that much of the difference seen between populations is the result of different environments rather than different genetic makeups."

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/red-w...

To me, it is quite amazing such a common species still has so many mysteries behind it.

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

So this is " Agelaius phoeniceus Gubernator"

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Wow! That's amazing, Hemma! Could you post that information on my spotting, too? How fascinating. Now I need to find the subspecies in my area!!

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

J,
here is an extract from the wikipedia. The black birds in California do have a red patch only and are lacking in yellow due to the subspecies.
"There are a number of subspecies, some of doubtful status, which are mostly quite similar in appearance, but the 'Bicolored Blackbird' A. p. gubernator of California and central Mexico is distinctive. The male lacks the yellow wing patch of the nominate race, and the female is much darker than the female nominate. The taxonomy of this form is little understood, with the relationships between the two isolated Bicolored populations, and between these and Red-winged still unclear"
So basically we have bicolored Blackbirds out here!!

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

Y es Diane,it is a vivid red!

DianePlatcoBrooks
DianePlatcoBrooks 8 years ago

Wow, I didn't even realize that they had that much red on them ! Fabulous

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

Thanks Gators. It was quite a racket!

gatorfellows
gatorfellows 8 years ago

wonderful shots :)

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

added more pictures. Flashing Red!!!!

Hema
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Hema

Concord, California, USA

Spotted on Mar 17, 2013
Submitted on Mar 17, 2013

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