Red-winged Blackbird

(Agelaius phoeniceus)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

Red-winged Blackbird

NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNRB, SNRN - Unranked Breeding and Nonbreeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Abundant but decreasing migrant and breeder

Habitat

Cattail marshes, wet meadows, agricultural fields.

Size

7 to 9½ in length

13 wingspan

 
Identification

 

 
Voice

 

 
Similar
Species

 

 
Food

 

 
Nesting

 

 
Migration

Late February to mid-December

 
Comments

 

 
Phenology

March 15, 2011 – First appearance in spring; bird feeder

March 9, 2012 – First appearance in spring; bird feeder; 2 males

10/11 to 10/12/2012 – Migrating birds at feeder

 
Taxonomy

Order:

Passeriformes (perching birds)

 

Family:

Icteridae (blackbirds, orioles, and relatives)

 
Subordinate Taxa

Bicolored Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus gubernator)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus aciculatusarctolegus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus arctolegus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus arthuralleni)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus brevirostris)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus bryanti)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus californicus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus caurinus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus floridanus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus fortis)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus grinnelli)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus littoralis)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus mailliardorum)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus mearnsi)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus megapotamus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus nelsoni)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus neutralis)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus nevadensis)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus nyaritensis)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus phoeniceus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus richmondi)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus sonoriensis)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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Female Red-winged Blackbird in The Big Stone Wildlife Refuge perched on reeds in a marsh.

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Female Red-winged Blackbird in the evening landing on cattails in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge.

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Male Red-winged Blackbirds in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge.

Perched on the top of a cattail swaying in the breeze.

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Male Red-winged Blackbird in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge in a small tree.

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Urban parks host a large variety of wildlife if you really spend some time observing.

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Joy Park & Preserve in Maplewood, MN

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Redwing Blackbird - adult male...

Near a pond in Norman Co. Mn. April 2018.

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The Music of Nature
 
   
 
About

Uploaded on Jul 12, 2010

The Music of Nature proudly presents "Red-winged Blackbird," a delicious video portrait of a male in full song. The Red-winged Blackbird is common across North America, Breeding in marshes and meadows. Excited males puff out their red epaulets (shoulder pads) as they sing.

© 2010 Lang Elliott
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  Red-winged Blackbird Portrait
ebirdr
 
   
 
About

Published on Jun 15, 2012

The Red-winged Blackbird is abundant throughout North America. It migrates from Canada to United States for winter. It breeds in thick vegetation of marshes, brushy swamps, sloughs dry fields; forages in hayfields, orchards, woodlands.

The male is an all black bird with a bright red shoulder patch, often bordered with yellow. The female or immature males are a dark brown above and heavily streaked below. They may show a red patch on the wing or shoulder or a pink wash on throat.

The song is a harbinger of spring. It's a distinctive "konk-ah-LEEEE!" and a "chack" call.

   
       
  How Nature Works: Red-winged Blackbird Display
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Uploaded on Apr 15, 2010

An up-close look at the territorial displays and Breeding behavior of the Red-winged Blackbird. Learn more about Red-winged Blackbirds on All About Birds: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-winged_Blackbird/id

   
       
  Red-winged Blackbird - HD Mini-documentary
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About

Uploaded on Sep 10, 2010

Transcript: "The Red-Winged Blackbird is found throughout most of North and Central America. Northern populations of the species are migratory.

Males and females look different. The male is mostly black with a distinct red shoulder and yellow wingbar. The female has a brown woodsy, speckled look. These Blackbirds are polygynous. A male will defend up to 10 females in its territory.

These birds prefer wetlands and open grassy areas. Their nests can be found in the cattails, rushes, grasses and bushes. Each clutch will consist of around three or four eggs. The females incubate the eggs and the babies hatch within 11-12 days.

Their diet consists mainly of seeds and insects."

   
       
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Uploaded on Aug 21, 2007

http://www.mdc.mo.gov/nathis/birds/emobirds/

A stake-out requires being inconspicuous, but not so for red-winged blackbirds.

Showing off and making noise is the main objective of their stake-out.

Male red-winged blackbirds have already staked-out their territories in wetlands and around ponds and lakes.

Their red-and-yellow shoulder patches add glints of color to the dull landscape.

And male red-wings don't hesitate to show their colors.

When other birds invade the red-wing's territory, he spreads his tail, droops his wings, and lets out the gurgling Song. (nat)

In February and March, male red-wings come north from their southern wintering grounds and find good spots for nesting and feeding.

They are probably our most numerous songbird.

   
       

 

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Ramona Abrego
6/1/2020

Location: Becker County

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Lynn Rubey
5/17/2019

Location: Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge

Male Red-winged Blackbird in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge in a small tree.

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Wayne Rasmussen
5/20/2018

Location: Maplewood Nature Center

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Dan W. Andree
April 2018

Location: Near a pond in Norman Co. Mn.

Red-winged Blackbird


Wayne Rasmussen
6/28/2016

Location: Maplewood Heights Park

Urban parks host a large variety of wildlife if you really spend some time observing.

Red-winged Blackbird


Wayne Rasmussen
6/9/2016

Location: Joy Park & Preserve in Maplewood, MN

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David Ayer
7/11/2012

Location: Joseph A. Tauer Prairie SNA

 
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