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Yellow-headed Blackbird

Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus

Yellow-headed Blackbird
copyright Robert Shantz
Length: 10 in. (24 cm)
This beautiful species nests in marshes and eats insects and emerging aquatic larvae. The nest is woven from aquatic vegetation and attached to reeds. During the winter it forms huge flocks, often together with Red-winged Blackbirds, grackles and cowbirds. These flocks roost in trees and marshy areas and fly out each morning to agricultural fields and feed lots to eat seeds. The four-digit banding code is YHBL.

Agricultural
Agricultural

Marsh / swamp
Marsh / swamp

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