Red Wing Blackbird

swaby

Joined September 2009

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I love walking around the lake and listen to these birds sing! I look forward to it every Spring.

Red-winged Blackbirds display marked sexual
dimorphism. Males in breeding plumage are very
familiar birds to many people. They are solid
black, with red wing-patches. Each patch has a light yellow stripe below, and can be displayed
in varying amounts. Tricolored Blackbirds, which are rare in Washington, look similar, but have more pointed wing-tips, thinner bills, and white edging on the red patches.

Female Red-winged Blackbirds are smaller, dark, and streaked. They have a white line over each
eye and are evenly streaked all down the back.
First-year males look like mature males but with rusty edgings on their black feathers. They have red wing-patches, but they are generally paler than mature males and may be darkly spotted.

Habitat

Cattail marsh is the quintessential Red-winged Blackbird habitat, although these birds will breed in wooded or brushy swamps, wet meadows, hay fields, salt marshes, irrigation
canals, and roadside ditches. They prefer wetlands with emergent vegetation, but may nest in
shrubby upland areas occasionally. They do not
require large territories and are often seen in very
small patches of habitat. In winter they often
congregate in agricultural areas.

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