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Yellow-headed Blackbird

Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus


Males (shown) are primarily black with a yellow head and breast. Wings have a white wing patch, which may only be visible in flight. Females are mainly brown with a dull yellow throat and breast.



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DavidMroczkowski 12 years ago

Yes, its song is distinct. The first time I heard it was when a male flew about 5 feet above my head. Beautiful picture.

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 12 years ago

Thanks everyone. This male was really guarding his territory. He spent quite a bit of time in this small clump of cattails and singing his heart and vocal chords out--if you can call a yellow-headed blackbird's song a song.... Made a very good subject.

ChristyHolland 12 years ago

What a beautiful shot!! Great-looking bird!!

Birding For Fun
Birding For Fun 12 years ago


KarenL 12 years ago

Perfect timing!

SusanEllison 12 years ago

right moment capture

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 12 years ago

Wonderful !

Gordon Dietzman
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Gordon Dietzman

Colorado, USA

Spotted on Jun 8, 2010
Submitted on Feb 26, 2012

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