Description - Red-Winged Blackbird
The red-winged blackbird is 15 to 20 centimetres in length. The male bird is black with red shoulders’ outlined with yellow. The female is brown on top and heavily streaked brown on the Red-Winged Blackbird, with a sharp-pointed bill and a whitish eyebrow. The young males are similar to the adult female bird, but darker and with an orange shoulder patch bordered by white. Female young are similar to the adult female.
Habitat of the The Red-Winged Blackbird:
The red-winged blackbird is found in marshes and meadows.
Mating Habits of the The Red-Winged Blackbird:
Males defend a territory of 1/8 to 1/4 of an acre by singing from perches with wings spread open and red shoulder patches exposed. Wintering in the southern United States, these birds head north at the first hint of spring. The older males arrive first and defend their territory against the younger males who arrive later, and then the females arrive several weeks after that. These birds are not monogamous and average 3 mates per breeding season.
Once these older males establish their territories and have selected their mates, the first year males appear and compete with the older males. The defeated young then gather in bachelor flocks and wait until next year.
Nesting Habits of the The Red-Winged Blackbird:
The cup shaped nest is built by the female, made of grass, attached to reeds or in small bushes. The female lays and incubates 3 to 5 pale blue eggs, marked with zigzag lines of brown or black. Incubation lasts 12 days and the young will leave the nest from 10 to 13 days after hatching.
Feeding Habits of the The Red-Winged Blackbird:
The red-winged blackbird feeds on seeds, grain, insects and spiders.