Red Winged Blackbirds

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Agelaius phoeniceus, the Red-Winged Blackbird, is North America's most numerous, migratory songbird.

In Spring and Summer adult male Red-Winged Blackbirds (two years or older) typically stake out their territories in freshwater marshes, and mate with two or three females. Depending on availability of their favorite food (insects) that ratio can go as high as six or more females to one territorial male

Fierce defenders of nest and territory Red-Winged-Blackbirds commonly harrass larger birds of prey such as hawks and crows, or even human intruders that may tresspass on their space, by hovering close by and making angry calls.

In late Summer and Fall Red-Winged blackbirds migrate to Southern states, in huge flocks that often cause damage to crops.

The male of the species sports a shiny black plumage decorated by red shoulder patches fringed in yellow, reminiscent of a formal dress or military uniform. A related but different species, the tri-color Blackbird (which is completely non-territorial) features a white instead of yellow fringe. The female and young are typically colored in striped brown plumage.