A goose quill is more dangerous…

A goose quill is more dangerous than a lion’s claw.

An English proverb


Red-winged Blackbird

The Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) is a passerine bird of the family Icteridae found in most of North and much of Central America.

Identification Tips:
• Length: 7.25 inches
• Sharply-pointed bill
• Frequents marshy habitats in summer, open habitats at other times of year
• Often flocks with other species of blackbirds

Adult male:
• Bright red patch on wings bordered by yellow (border missing in some races)
• Black plumage
• Immature male similar to adult male but has pale supercilium and brown edges to black feathers

Red-winged Blackbird

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Adult female:
• Pale supercilium
• Heavily streaked underparts
• Upperparts brown and white
• Sometimes has yellow tinge to face and throat
• Females very dark in some races
• Juveniles similar to adult females

The Red-winged Blackbird inhabits open grassy areas. It generally prefers wetlands, and inhabits both freshwater and saltwater marshes. It is also found in dry upland areas, where it such inhabits meadows, prairies, and old fields.

The Red-winged Blackbird is sexually dimorphic. Seeds and insects make up the bulk of the Red-winged Blackbird’s diet.



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