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The sound of birds stops the noise in my mind.

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Brewers Blackbird: Have you seen this bird?

Brewers Blackbird: Have you seen this bird?

Brewer’s Blackbird

The Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) is a medium-sized blackbird. This bird is often mistaken for the Common Grackle but has a shorter tail.

These birds are often permanent residents in the west. Other birds migrate to the southeastern United States and Mexico.

Identification Tips:
• Length: 8 inches
• Sharply-pointed bill

Male:
• Entirely black plumage with purple gloss to head
• May have gray edges in Fall and Winter to upperparts and pale supercilium
• Pale eye

Female:
• Dark eye
• Dark gray plumage

Similar species:
Male Rusty Blackbird similar to male Brewer’s Blackbird but lacks purple iridescence. Female Rusty Blackbird has a light eye. Grackles are larger with much longer tails. Cowbirds are smaller with more conical bills.

They sometimes catch insects in flight. They forage in shallow water or in fields, mainly eating seeds and insects, some berries. They feed in flocks outside of the breeding season, sometimes with other blackbirds.

This bird is named after the ornithologist Thomas Mayo Brewer. The Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) is protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.

 

 

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