Red-winged Blackbird

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BD14529_.GIF (274 bytes)  Appearance

BD14795_.GIF (219 bytes)  Red-winged blackbirds are 7-9 inches long.  They have a wingspan of 12-16 inches.  They weigh 1-3 ounces.  They have sharply-pointed, cone-shaped, black beaks.  They have perching feet.

BD14795_.GIF (219 bytes)  Male red-winged blackbirds are black.   They have a bright patch of red and yellow on their wings.

BD14795_.GIF (219 bytes)  Female red-winged blackbirds are dark brown on top.  They are brown and white spotted underneath.

BD14795_.GIF (219 bytes)  Young red-winged blackbirds look like the females.  Males do not get their full adult feathers until they are about 3 years old.

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BD14529_.GIF (274 bytes)  What do red-winged blackbirds do?

BD14795_.GIF (219 bytes)  Red-winged blackbirds live all across the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

BD14795_.GIF (219 bytes)  Red-winged blackbirds live near marshes or ponds.

BD14795_.GIF (219 bytes)  Red-winged blackbirds have a song that sounds like "oak-a-lee".

BD14795_.GIF (219 bytes)  Red-winged blackbirds eat mainly seeds.   They also eat insects.  They form huge flocks that fly from field to field looking for seeds.

BD14795_.GIF (219 bytes)  Red-winged blackbirds migrate.

BD14795_.GIF (219 bytes)  Red-winged blackbirds walk, not hop.

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BD14529_.GIF (274 bytes)  Mating and babies

BD14795_.GIF (219 bytes)  Red-winged blackbirds build a cup-shaped nest.

BD14795_.GIF (219 bytes)  The female lays 3-4 eggs.  They are white with dark brown streaks.  They are about 1 inch long.  The eggs hatch after 10-12 days.  In about 2 weeks, the young get their adult feathers.

BD14795_.GIF (219 bytes)  Red-winged blackbirds lay eggs 2 to 3 times each summer.

BD14795_.GIF (219 bytes)  Red-winged blackbirds fiercely protect their nests.  They will attack hawks, crows, horses, and humans.

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BD14529_.GIF (274 bytes)  Interesting facts

BD14795_.GIF (219 bytes)  There are more red-winged blackbirds in North America than any other bird.  There are about 190 million of them.

BD14795_.GIF (219 bytes)  Red-winged blackbirds can fly 30 miles per hour.

BD14795_.GIF (219 bytes)  Raccoons, snakes, and hawks prey on red-winged blackbirds.