Red-winged blackbird

Agelaius phoeniceus

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  • Red-winged blackbird |  Photo: George Gentry, USFWS
  • Red-winged blackbird |  Photo: George Gentry, USFWS
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Basic Information

Order

Passeriformes

Family

Icteridae

Size

Red and winged blackbirds grow to about 6.5 to 9.25 inches in length.

Lifespan

up to 16 years

Weight

Red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) facts, habitat, range, blackbird pictures and bird watching tips to help you identify the songbird.

Diet

Red-winged blackbird are omnivores that will feed mainly on insects when they plentiful and seeds during the cooler months.

Behavior

Ground Forager

Range

Nationwide

Nest Placement

Shrub

Number of Offspring

3–4 Eggs

Egg Description

Pale Blue with gray, purple or black spots

Condition at Hatching

Blind, nearly naked and clumsy

Social Status

Flocks

Wingspan

12–16 in

Observation Tips

Look and listen for Red-winged Blackbirds along trails bursting with cattails.

What does the Red-winged blackbird look like?

Male Red-winged Blackbirds are a brilliant black songbird with red and yellow shoulder patches. Females are streaked brown with a slightly paler breast, white striped eyebrow and dull orange throat.

Red-winged blackbird Habitat

Marshlands

Red-winged blackbird Facts

Red-winged Blackbirds are common songbirds across the country. Their bold coloring makes them easy spot. Use caution however, males are highly territorial and spend up to 25 percent of their days defending it. That may include trying to chase you away!

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