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July 22, 2011

During a heavy rainfall, this Yellow Headed Blackbird appears to be yelling at the rain to stop.

Yellow Headed Blackbird
The Yellow-headed Blackbird, Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus, is a medium-sized blackbird, and the only member of the genus Xanthocephalus.

Adults have a pointed bill. The adult male is mainly black with a yellow head and breast; they have a white wing patch sometimes only visible in flight. The adult female is mainly brown with a dull yellow throat and breast. Both genders resemble the respective genders of the smaller Yellow-hooded Blackbird of South America.

The breeding habitat of the Yellow-headed Blackbird is cattail (Typha spp.) marshes in North America, mainly west of the Great Lakes. The nest is built with and attached to marsh vegetation. They nest in colonies, often sharing their habitat closely with the Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus). During the breeding and nesting season the males are very territorial and spend much of their time perched on reed stalks and displaying or chasing off intruders.

These birds migrate in the winter to the southwestern United States and Mexico. They often migrate in huge flocks with other species of birds. These blackbirds are only permanent residents in the USA of the San Joaquin Valley and the Lower Colorado River Valley of Arizona and California. It is an extremely rare vagrant to Western Europe, with some records suspected to refer to escapes from captivity.

These birds forage in the marsh, in fields or on the ground; they sometimes catch insects in flight. They mainly eat seeds and insects. Outside of the nesting period, they often feed in flocks, often with other blackbirds.

This bird’s song resembles the grating of a rusty hinge.

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Canon EOS Rebel XTi; Sigma 150-500mm lens

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  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenover 3 years ago

    Lovely capture…….feel sorry for the bird out there in the rain.

  • thank you Sean, there were lots of them, we were waiting out a storm so I tried getting some shots :-))

    – Vickie Emms

  • MaeBelle
    MaeBelleover 3 years ago

    Great capture,Vickie♥ I believe we would all like to see the rain stop!! Golly ,you even got the rain drops in the BG!..The Hanson Lake Road is closed because of a bridge washed out,or badly damaged,

  • not here Mae, we want the rain to start, lol. We are near forest fire conditions in southern Manitoba. The gardens are pure powder. Please send some to me, I would be so grateful.
    And thanks for taking a moment with your kind comments

    – Vickie Emms

  • Brenda Burnett
    Brenda Burnettover 3 years ago

    What a great shot Vickie. Lovely image.

  • thank you Brenda

    – Vickie Emms

  • MaeBelle
    MaeBelleover 3 years ago

    Isn’t it crazy, some parts flooding and others burning up! We’ve never seen a summer like this one.:o)))

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyover 3 years ago

    Stuning capture, Vickie

  • thanks Carol

    – Vickie Emms

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture Vickie

  • thanks Larry

    – Vickie Emms

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alover 3 years ago

    Aaaaw, the poor little bugger. He looks a bit damp doesn’t he. A terrific shot Vickie. You even got the rain. Well done Mate.

  • trish725
    trish725over 3 years ago

  • Chris Armytage™
    Chris Armytage™over 3 years ago

    Lovely capture Vickie!

  • thank you Chris

    – Vickie Emms

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