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Male red-winged blackbird singing from its perch on a metal post

Did you know that on average a male red-winged blackbird has 3 mates per breeding season?

Red-Winged Blackbirds
a Glance

Female red-winged blackbird looking out majestically from its perch on a tree branch

Key Features:

Male red-winged blackbirds are black birds with a red streak on their shoulders. Females are brown birds with streaks.

Least Concern - Population Decreasing


Fields, grasslands, marshes, meadows, pastures, and along waterways

nesting habits:

Red-winged blackbirds build cup-shaped nests in ground vegetation, trees, or shrubbery out of decayed wood, grass, leaves, mud, and stems.

seasons red-winged blackbirds are active in our area:

All year


Insects and seeds

hunting Behavior:

Red-winged blackbirds forage on the ground in flocks.

Commonly Confused With:

Bobolinks, Brown-Headed Cowbirds, Common Starlings, and Song Sparrows

Female brown-headed cowbird on a wooden walkway

Female red-winged blackbirds are often confused with female brown-headed cowbirds because both are brown.  Female red-winged blackbirds are more heavily streaked.

Bobolink calling from a perch on a bare bush

Male red-winged blackbirds are often confused with male bobolinks because both are primarily black. Male bobolinks are black and white. Male red-winged blackbirds are solid black with a red and yellow patch at the beginning of each wing.

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