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.
Male red-winged blackbirds are black. They have a bright patch of red and yellow on their wings.
Female red-winged blackbirds are dark brown on top. They are brown and white spotted underneath.
Young red-winged blackbirds look like the females. Males do not get their full adult feathers until they are about 3 years old.
What do red-winged blackbirds do?
Red-winged blackbirds live all across the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Red-winged blackbirds live near marshes or ponds.
Red-winged blackbirds have a song that sounds like "oak-a-lee".
Red-winged blackbirds eat mainly seeds. They also eat insects. They form huge flocks that fly from field to field looking for seeds.
Red-winged blackbirds migrate.
Red-winged blackbirds walk, not hop.
Mating and babies
Red-winged blackbirds build a cup-shaped nest.
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.
Red-winged blackbirds lay eggs 2 to 3 times each summer.
Red-winged blackbirds fiercely protect their nests. They will attack hawks, crows, horses, and humans.
There are more red-winged blackbirds in North America than any other bird. There are about 190 million of them.
Red-winged blackbirds can fly 30 miles per hour.
Raccoons, snakes, and hawks prey on red-winged blackbirds.