BIRD OF THE WEEK — RED WINGED BLACKBIRD — PLANET EARTH BIRD WORLD group

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BIRD OF THE WEEK

RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Agelaius phoeniceus 
POPULATION: 150 million
TREND: Decreasing
HABITAT: Breeds and winters in fresh and saltwater marshes; also meadows, prairies, and fields, especially near ditches or ponds.

The liquid, burbling “conk-a-ree!” of a male Red-winged Blackbird on territory is a sure sign of spring, or at least its pending arrival. This bird’s common name derives from the sleek black males’ distinctive shoulder patches, or epaulets, which flash red in flight and while the bird is singing on territory.

The Red-winged Blackbird belongs to the family Icteridae, which includes the Eastern MeadowlarkTricolored BlackbirdRusty Blackbird, and Baltimore Oriole.

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