Photo is an
Internet photo by Peter S. Weber, featured on the USGS web site.
To identify the Red-winged Blackbird, look for a bird that
is between 7 and 10 inches long. The male is black with a yellow-bordered
red shoulder patch. The female is dark brown and heavily streaked.
The immature male looks like a female but will have the red patch.
The preferred habitat is swamps, marshes, open areas, and farmlands.
The male Red-winged Blackbird's song is a herald of spring,
Con-ka-ree, as if proclaiming victory over winter.
Red-wings feed and roost in flocks, but in late summer
the flocks vanish. They have retired to a marsh, where the birds
hide in the vegetation, molt their flight feathers, and grow
new ones. The flocks then reappear and head south.
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