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Agelaius phoeniceus

Common Name: Red-winged Blackbird
Agelaius phoeniceus
Agelaius phoeniceus

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Icteridae
Genus: Agelaius
Species: Agelaius phoeniceus

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

Adults are 9" long with a 13" wingspan. Their beaks are long and thick.

Male red-winged blackbirds are sleek black with a red shoulder and yellow patch underneith the red. Females are a speckled brown color.

Habitat & Range

Red-winged blackbirds live in marshes and wet areas.

Their year-round range reaches through most of the United States while their breeding range reaches up through much of Canada.


They feed off of seeds and invertebrates.

Their call is a “konk-o-reeee”.

Featured image by James Dake.


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