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Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
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Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
Red-winged Blackbird male

General Description: Red-winged Blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus) are medium-sized songbirds, usually found around ponds and marshes or agricultural areas. Males are black with a red shoulder patch bordered below by yellow, and females are dark with heavy streaking and a distinct eyeline. Compared to other blackbirds, the tail is "normal" length.

Taxonomy: Passeriformes, Icteridae.

Favored Habitat: Marshes with cattails and bulrushes.

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
Red-winged Blackbird female

Where to Find: Neighborhood ponds, parks (e.g., Lorenzi Park and Sunset Park), and the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. Look for emergent vegetation where they nest. To find them in more natural habitat, visit the Pahranagat Valley or Corn Creek.

Comments: Red-wings nest in emergent vegetation (cattails and bulrushes) around ponds.

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) If you were a tasty bug or a juicy blackberry, this might be the last face you ever see!
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
With spread wings, showing red and yellow shoulder patch
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
Often, the yellow on the shoulder patch is hidden
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Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
Red-winged Blackbird male, Dunedin, Florida
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
Red-winged Blackbird male, Dunedin, Florida
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
Red-winged Blackbird male, Dunedin, Florida
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
Red-winged Blackbird male, Dunedin, Florida
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Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
Bosque del Apache NWR, NM
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
Bosque del Apache NWR, NM

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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