The male adult Red-winged Blackbird has scarlet-and-yellow shoulder patches they can puff up or hide depending on how confident they feel.
The red-winged blackbird inhabits open grassy areas. It prefers wetlands, and inhabits both freshwater and saltwater marshes, particularly if cattail is present. It is also found in dry upland areas, where it inhabits meadows, prairies, and old fields.
The female adult Red-winged Blackbird is brown and streaky overall, has thick dark streaks on breast, a buff, or orangish throat and a sharply pointed conical bill.
The red-winged blackbird feeds primarily on plant materials, but about a quarter of its diet consists of insects and other small animals.
The immature Red-winged Blackbird is black overall with buff or orange edges to feathers has yellow on shoulder, may show some red and has a Conical, pointed bill.
The red-winged blackbird nests in loose colonies. The nest is built in cattails, rushes, grasses, sedge, or in alder or willow bushes
This bird is pretending to be injured trying to lead me away from the nest.
The red-winged blackbird aggressively defends its territory from other animals. It will attack much larger birds. Males have been known to swoop at humans who encroach upon their nesting territory during breeding season.
The Red-winged Blackbird is a familiar sight atop cattails, along soggy roadsides, and on telephone wires.
The Red-winged Blackbird is one of the most widely distributed, abundant, well-known, and well-named birds in North America.
I can now be found by searching for Arche Medas – google+ and for myspiritsview.blogspot.com. By going to either site you will be able to view:
- Pictures and newly introduced video clips of nature as seen through my cameras lens.
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