Red-Winged Blackbirds are one of the most abundant birds in North America! They are found in agricultural and wetland areas across the continent. The black male can hide the brilliant red shoulders or show them off in a dazzling display. The female is brown with lovely golden orange stripes all over.
Immature males are similar to female, but may be mostly black with buffy edges to the feathers, and epaulettes vary from brown to red. There is quite the variations and the male may take three years to become entirely black. Immature female similar to adult, but has paler face and brown epaulettes.
Size: 17-23 cm (7-9 in)
Wingspan: 31-40 cm (12-16 in)
Weight: 32-77 g (1.13-2.72 ounces)
The Red-Winged Blackbird feeds on seeds, grain and insects.
The male Red-winged Blackbird will fiercely defend his territory during the breeding season. He may spend more than a quarter of all daylight hours defending his territory. He vigorously keeps all other males out of the territory and defends the nests from predators. He will attack much larger animals, including animals as large as horses, as well as people!
The Red-winged Blackbird is a highly polygynous species. One male may have up to 15 different females nesting in his territory. One should note that from one quarter and up to half of the young in “his” nests do not belong to the territorial male, but have been sired by neighboring males.
Taken on Feb/04/09 at 3:09 pm, in own back yard.
Taken in Raw & aperture priority
Camera; Canon 40D
Lens; Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS L USM lens.
Tripod Manfrotto, including joystick head
shot at 1/200’s at f/8, exp 0.00, at 340 mm, manual col balance 6250 kelvin, iso 800
exported to PhotoshopCS2, did a slight shadows/highlights adjustment, slightly sharpened lab mode, lightness channel, unsharp mask. No cropping.