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Red-Winged Blackbird

Agelaius phoeniceus

Description:

One of the most abundant birds across North America, and one of the most boldly colored, the Red-winged Blackbird is a familiar sight atop cattails, along soggy roadsides, and on telephone wires. Glossy-black males have scarlet-and-yellow shoulder patches they can puff up or hide depending on how confident they feel. Females are a subdued, streaky brown, almost like a large, dark sparrow. In the North, their early arrival and tumbling song are happy indications of the return of spring. (Cornell)

Habitat:

Minnesota Zoo - lightly forested

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ChristyHolland
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ChristyHolland

Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA

Spotted on May 9, 2014
Submitted on Jul 17, 2014

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