These species are very numerous in our Country, especially in the open farming fields where crops are grown. They are also birds that have adapted to semi-urban areas and are very familiar with feeders, of course most feeders are designed for songbirds, smaller size birds.
The birds I’m featuring today are the Red-winged Blackbird. Large size bird, with black body, long pointy bill and strong large feet. The red feathers are shown very clearly when the male bird is angry or being threaten by another bird.
The red-winged blackbird is sexually dimorphic; the male is all black with a red shoulder and yellow wing bar, while the female is a nondescript dark brown.
They are omnivorous and they feed primarily on plants materials including seeds, also insects and invertebrates.
They are polygynous, with territorial males defending up to 10 females.
Red-wing Blackbirds feed in open fields in late summer and in autumn in large flocks that number in the thousands, mixed with grackles, cowbirds and starlings.
Text and photographs © HJ Ruiz – Avian101