Bird’s ID – Red-winged Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird


The red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) is a passerine bird of the family Icteridae found in most of North America and much of Central America. It breeds from Alaska and Newfoundland south to Florida, the Gulf of Mexico, Mexico, and Guatemala, with isolated populations in western El Salvador, northwestern Honduras, and northwestern Costa Rica. It may winter as far north as Pennsylvania and British Columbia, but northern populations are generally migratory, moving south to Mexico and the southern United States. Claims have been made that it is the most abundant living land bird in North America, as bird-counting censuses of wintering red-winged blackbirds sometimes show that loose flocks can number in excess of a million birds per flock and the full number of breeding pairs across North and Central America may exceed 250 million in peak years.

Top photo of the female RWB and bottom photo of the male counterpart.


Β© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

17 thoughts on “Bird’s ID – Red-winged Blackbird

  1. The photo of the male in rain is just delightful. Somehow I’ve missed knowing how different the female is. I suppose it’s because the male’s so easy to spot — when they’re around, they get all the attention.

    • It happens to most everyone because the male it’s more attractive when they are sexually dimorphic. Thank you for sharing Tiny! πŸ™‚

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