The Red Winged Blackbird

2016-03-8

The red-winged blackbird

The red-winged blackbird is a passerine bird of the family Icteridae found in most of North and much of Central America.
Scientific name: Agelaius phoeniceus
Higher Classification : Agelaius
Red winged blackbird

Red winged blackbird

Breeds in marshes, brushy swamps, hayfields; forages also in cultivated land and along edges of water. Breeds most commonly in freshwater marsh, but also in wooded or brushy swamps, rank weedy fields, hayfields, upper edges of salt marsh. Often forages in other open habitats, such as fields and mudflats; outside the breeding season, flocks gather in farm fields, pastures, feedlots.

Redwinged blackbird

Redwinged blackbird

Among our most familiar birds, Red-wings seem to sing their nasal songs in every marsh and wet field from coast to coast. They are notably bold, and several will often attack a larger bird, such as a hawk or crow, that flies over their nesting area. The red shoulder patches of the male, hidden under body feathers much of the time, are brilliantly displayed when he is singing. Outside the nesting season, Red-wings sometimes roost in huge concentrations.

 

Red Winged blackbirds

Red Winged blackbirds

To defend his territory and attract a mate, male perches on high stalk with feathers fluffed out and tail partly spread, lifts leading edge of wing so that red shoulder patches are prominent, and sings. Also sings in slow, fluttering flight. One male often has more than one mate. Adults are very aggressive in nesting territory, attacking larger birds that approach, and loudly protesting human intruders. Nest: Placed in marsh growth such as cattails or bulrushes, in bushes or saplings close to water, or in dense grass in fields. Nest (built by female) is bulky open cup, lashed to standing vegetation, made of grass, reeds, leaves, rootlets, lined with fine grass.

 

Red Winged blackbirds

Red Winged blackbirds

 

Information :Wikipedia

Audubon

Photographer DOUG WORRALL

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4 responses to “The Red Winged Blackbird

  1. It was great today to hear, watch the Red Wing , That is a very Kind comment Alan, This coming Summer planning to sell Limited Editions of a few Of my Images, Now I have enough I think, Thank you Alan.
    Doug

  2. Thank you , I must find time to post, still in planning stages of art show, maybe a collaborator also my friend makes Jewelry and we may arrange a show together–Thank you Alan