Facts About The Red-winged Blackbird

Male

Male

Female

Female

Identification:

Even though the Red-winged Blackbird is named because it is a black bird with a red and yellow patch on the top of its wing, not all of them look like that. The female Red-winged Blackbird is neither black nor has a red and yellow patch. When you see the male Red-winged Blackbirds, you think that the females look like that too, but sometimes you will even pass by a female Red-winged Blackbird and have no idea that it is a Red-winged Blackbird. Their wingspan is about 15 inches or 23 centimeters.

Habitat:

They will mostly hang out in dry desert-like places with streams, bushes, and trees, fresh or saltwater. They will also hang out near ponds and lots of trees and wilderness. I first saw a Red-winged Blackbird in a marshy area that was very hot and near farm life. You will usually see them perching on a tall bush, singing and trying to catch the attention of females.

Females choose where the nest is built, usually it is very low to the ground in a shrub or tree. Most eggs are pale-blue with  brown or black markings and are about 1 inch long.

Food:

25% of their diet is insects like butterflies, flies, snails, worms, moths and more. They will also eat small animals like frogs, mollusks, carrion, and eggs. But they mostly eat plants, grains, corn, seeds and other plant material. You can attract them to your house by having a bird-feeder with bread, suet, and seed mixtures. The seeds that are highly recommended are Black oil Sunflower Seeds for your feeders.

Behavior:

They have a loud, screeching, cuckoo bird sound. That is easily recognizable. They are very Polygamous, their haven been over 10 females nesting in the territory of one male sighted. The times that he isn’t showing off and impressing females, he defends his territory and  isn’t afraid to get in a fight or attack other birds.

If you have any questions about any kind of bird in Oregon, comment on a post listing the bird and what you want to know about it. I may not reply right away, and it may take me up to 24 hours.

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About faithelise

I love learning about species of birds and want to be an Ornathologist. Writing about birds is my passion and I love every part of it!
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