Yellow-headed Blackbird

(Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus)

Conservation Status
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Photo by Lynn Rubey
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

 

 
     
 

Size

 
 

8 to 11 in length

15 wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
   
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Cattail marshes, sloughs

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

Early April to mid-May and mid-August to mid-November

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common migrant and breeder

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Passeriformes (perching birds)  
 

Family

Icteridae (American blackbirds, orioles, New World blackbirds)  
 

Genus

Xanthocephalus (yellow-headed blackbirds)  
       
 

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Lynn Rubey

 
  A female Yellow-Headed Blackbird in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge foraging where a thicket was cut out to help restore the refuge to native plants that they were crowding out.   Yellow-headed Blackbird  
           
  A femal Yellow-Headed Blackbird Side view foraging in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge.   Yellow-headed Blackbird  
           
  A Yellow-headed Blackbird in flight landing on a reed in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge. The white wing patch is sometimes only visible during flight, in this photo you can clearly see it on one wing.   Yellow-headed Blackbird  
           
 

They were both in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge. I took a hike down one of the gated roads in the refuge, the females seem to favor the middle of the reeds and closer to the ground, this is even slid down the reeds to the ground.

 
    Male Yellow-headed Blackbird   Yellow-headed Blackbird  
           
    Female Yellow-headed Blackbird.   Yellow-headed Blackbird  
 

Dan W. Andree

 
 

Yellow-headed Blackbird

It was a rather cool and overcast day when I noticed this Yellow-headed Blackbird perched in some reeds at a pond in rural Norman co. Mn… Seemed to make the day a little brighter.

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Bill Reynolds

 
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About

Uploaded on Jan 27, 2011

The Yellow-headed Blackbird (xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) is a North American bird and forages in the marsh, in fields or on the ground; they sometimes catch insects in flight. They mainly eat seeds and insects. Their main method of foraging is to push their bill into the ground or a food item and then force their bill, as well as the substrate, open. Outside of the nesting period, they often feed in flocks, often with other blackbirds. This bird's song resembles the grating of a rusty hinge.

During the summer, this bird migrates north to the west-central portions of Canada and the United States. During the winter, it can be found from California to Texas as well as in Mexico and casually in Costa Rica.
tordo cabeciamarill, Carouge à tête jaune, Gulhodetrupial

Xanthocephalus is een geslacht van zangvogels uit de familie troepialen (Icteridae).

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  Calls of the Yellow-headed Blackbird
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Published on May 14, 2012

Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus

A male yellow-headed blackbird singing at Elizabeth Lake, British Columbia. The longer clip shows in the background how much bird activity there is at the lake. It is a special place to view birds and other wildlife.

The call of the yellow-headed blackbird has been described as sounding like the grating of a rusty hinge!

 
  Yellow-headed Blackbird (Icteridae: Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) Male
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
About

Uploaded on Jun 29, 2009

Photographed at Turtle River State Park, North Dakota (26 June 2009).

 
  Yellow-headed Blackbird (Icteridae: Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) Singing Male
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Published on May 4, 2012

Photographed at the Kellys Slough NWR, North Dakota (04 May 2012).

 
  Yellow-headed Blackbird
Dan Sorochan
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jun 21, 2010

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  Richard Sherry
5/31/2021

Location: Pelican lake. Breezy Point Minnesota

Multiple birds along the lake shore. Really nice to see again.

 
  Krista
5/17/2021

Location: Grand Marais Harbor, Cook County Minnesota

   
  Lynn Rubey
6/11/2019

Location: Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge

A female Yellow-Headed Blackbird in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge foraging where a thicket was cut out to help restore the refuge to native plants that they were crowding out.

Yellow-headed Blackbird  
  Lynn Rubey
6/10/2019

Location: Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge

A Yellow-headed Blackbird in flight landing on a reed in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge. The white wing patch is sometimes only visible during flight, in this photo you can clearly see it on one wing.

Yellow-headed Blackbird  
  Lynn Rubey
5/22/2019

Location: Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge

!. Male Yellow-headed Blackbird 2. Female Yellow-headed Blackbird. They were both in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge I took a hike down one of the gated roads in the refuge, the females seem to favor the middle of the reeds and closer to the ground, this is even slid down the reeds to the ground.

Yellow-headed Blackbird  
  Dan W. Andree
5/1/2018

Location: rural Norman co. Mn

It was a rather cool and overcast day when I noticed this Yellow-headed Blackbird perched in some reeds at a pond in rural Norman co. Mn… Seemed to make the day a little brighter.

Yellow-headed Blackbird  
  Bill Reynolds
3/21/2014

Location: This image was taken just outside the boundaries of the Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge, Marshall Co. MN

He was a bit too far off for my lens that day and the was too much water between to get any closer.

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