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Red-winged Blackbird

Agelaius phoeniceus
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Length: 9 in. (22 cm )
Primarily a marsh-inhabiting bird, this blackbird feeds on emerging aquatic insects during the summer. In the winter, large flocks move from often swampy night roosts to spend time foraging in agricultural fields, cow lots and other open areas for seeds. Each breeding male can have up to 14 females and nests on his territory depending on the abundance of food. The nest is woven from grass and sedge and placed in vegetation just above the water\s surface. The bright red epaulet of the male is used to advertise dominance and attract females.'

The four-digit banding code is RWBL.

Male | Herbert Clarke

Female | Richard Ditch


Agricultural

Marsh / swamp
Bird Sound Type: Electronic
Sex of Bird: Male
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  • Article: Red-winged Blackbird
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: September 20, 2018
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/red-winged-blackbird

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Dr. Biology. (2017, July 13). Red-winged Blackbird. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved September 20, 2018 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/red-winged-blackbird

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Dr. Biology. "Red-winged Blackbird". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 Jul 2017. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 20 Sep 2018. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/red-winged-blackbird

Modern Language Association, 7th Ed. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
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