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(Agelaius phoeniceus) - North America
Lifecycle: Red-winged Blackbirds are known for their loud and varied vocalizations, including a distinctive "conk-a-ree" song by males. Males also use their wing displays to establish and defend territories.
Behavior: They are often seen in marshes and wetlands, where they forage for food and nest in cattails and other vegetation.
Vocalizations: Red-winged Blackbirds are known for their calls, songs, and visual displays, which are used for communication and establishing territory.
Diet: Red-winged Blackbirds are omnivorous and have a varied diet. They feed on insects, small invertebrates, seeds, grains, and aquatic plants.
Feeding Behavior: They forage for food both on the ground and in wetland vegetation. They are skilled hunters of insects and are also known for their seed-eating habits.
The Red-winged Blackbird is a well-known bird species native to North America. It is named for the striking red and yellow patches on the wings of the adult males. This bird is often associated with wetlands and is known for its distinctive calls and displays.
Size: Red-winged Blackbirds are medium-sized birds, with adult males typically measuring about 20 to 24 cm (8 to 9.5 inches) in length, and adult females being slightly smaller.
Appearance: Adult males have glossy black plumage with bright red and yellow shoulder patches. Adult females are brown with streaked patterns. Both sexes have pointed bills and long tails.
Red-winged Blackbirds are commonly found in wetlands, marshes, and other aquatic habitats. They are also found in grasslands, meadows, and sometimes urban areas.
Nests: They build cup-shaped nests in tall grasses, reeds, or cattails, often near water sources.
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