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Red-winged Blackbird

Agelaius phoeniceus


The red-winged blackbird is a common bird over much of North America. The male (first photo) is a small black bird with red and yellow epaulets on the shoulders. The female is a dark brown with patterning on the breast, buff around the face, and a darker cap and line through the eye (second photo).


These are very adaptable birds and are found across a wide variety of grasslands and wetlands. Some argue that because of their habits, productivity, wide range, and indiscriminating taste in habitat that they are the most common bird in North America.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA

Lat: 44.98, Long: -93.14

Spotted on May 3, 2014
Submitted on May 4, 2014

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