|Adult male Red-Winged Blackbird.|
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|Red-Winged Blackbird nest.|
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The birds' distinctive calls are some of my favorites, and they always make me think of spring, although I'm not sure why that is. The birds are year-round residents throughout most of the contiguous United States.
Males are glossy black with the namesake red shoulders, while females are not really "black" birds at all - they're streaked brown, and look more like a large sparrow. For more information about the Red-Winged Blackbird's habits, identification, and samples of their calls, see the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's website, All About Birds.
|Adult female Red-winged Blackbird. Photo credit: Wikipedia, some rights reserved|