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Brewer's blackbird

Euphagus cyanocephalus


A male Brewer's Blackbird displaying his breeding plumage - all black with a glossy sheen. The head is dark iridescent purple. The eye is yellowish.


Spotted next to the Vantage highway. Large ditch next to the highway with dense vegetation. Brewer's Blackbirds are most often associated with agricultural fields that have brushy edges. They can be found in other open areas as well, including parks, campgrounds, parking lots, wetlands, and suburban and urban settings. In Washington, they are also seen in shrub-steppe habitats, especially around grazing areas.


These birds are often permanent residents in the west. Other birds migrate to the southeastern United States and Mexico. The range of this bird has been expanding east in the Great Lakes region.

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Brian38 2 years ago

Thank you for the nomination Ashley.

AshleyT 2 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

maplemoth662 2 years ago

de nada, Brian....

Brian38 2 years ago

Thanks maplemoth.

maplemoth662 2 years ago

un hermoso pajaro....

Brian38 2 years ago

Thank you very much Jim.

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 2 years ago

Nice photography and summary, Brian.

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Washington, USA

Spotted on May 13, 2018
Submitted on May 17, 2018

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