redwinged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 7.25 inches
Frequents marshy habitats in summer, open habitats at other times of year
Often flocks with other species of blackbirds
Bright red patch on wings bordered by yellow (border missing in some races)
Immature male similar to adult male but has pale supercilium and brown edges to black feathers
Heavily streaked underparts
Upperparts brown and white
Sometimes has yellow tinge to face and throat
Females very dark in some races
Juveniles similar to adult females
The male red-winged blackbird can be told from the male tricolored
blackbird by its yellowish, not white, border to the red shoulder patch.
Females are quite similar but tricoloreds typically have darker bellies.
tricolored blackbirds are only found in Oregon and California. Other
species of blackbirds lack the red shoulder patch of the male and the
streaked underparts of the female.
Migration Status: Short distance migrant
Breeding Habitat: Wetland-open water
Nest Location: Ground-low nesting
Nest Type: Open-cup
Clutch Size: 3-4
Length of Incubation: 10-12 days
Days to Fledge: 11-14
Number of Broods: 2, occasionally 3
Diet: Primarily seeds; lesser quantities of insects
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May C
Su - Summer: June, July, August C
Fall: September, October, November C
Winter: December, January, February
Crooked Run Valley