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red winged blackbird (female)

Agelaius phoeniceus

Description:

Male Red-winged Blackbirds are hard to mistake. They're an even glossy black with red-and-yellow shoulder badges. Females are crisply streaked and dark brownish overall, paler on the breast and often show a whitish eyebrow. Male Red-winged Blackbirds do everything they can to get noticed, sitting on high perches and belting out their conk-la-ree! song all day long. Females stay lower, skulking through vegetation for food and quietly weaving together their remarkable nests. In winter Red-winged Blackbirds gather in huge flocks to eat grains with other blackbird species and starlings.

Habitat:

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

Notes:

The Red-winged Blackbird is a highly polygynous species, meaning males have many female mates – up to 15 in some cases. In some populations 90 percent of territorial males have more than one female nesting on their territories. But all is not as it seems: one-quarter to one-half of nestlings turn out to have been sired by someone other than the territorial male.

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2 Comments

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 7 years ago

thanks YukoChartraw....to answer your question, it was the camera and the lens and a bit of good luck! LOL.

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 7 years ago

Why your photographs are always so beautiful?! :-)

SusanEllison
Spotted by
SusanEllison

Needville, Texas, USA

Spotted on Jun 2, 2013
Submitted on Jun 6, 2013

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