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About the Red-winged Blackbird

Also known as: Bicolored Blackbird, Red-shouldered Blackbird, Redwing, Swamp Blackbird, Red-winged Oriole

The Red-winged Blackbird is a species of bird related to orioles, grackles, and other blackbirds. They are widespread across much of North America. Birds that summer farther north are migratory. Males are black overall, with red and yellow wing patches. Females are streaky brown.

Red-winged Blackbirds nest in wetlands and marshes, building their nests in cattails, grasses, and other vegetation. Females build a basket nest alone, and typically lay 3 to 4 eggs.

Red-winged Blackbirds are omnivorous, eating seeds, fruits and plant material as well as insects. During breeding season they will also feed on small animals like snails, worms, and mollusks. They are not above eating carrion, when available. In winter they will feed in large mixed flocks with other blackbirds and related species.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 20 July 2010
Scientific Name Agelaius phoeniceus
  • Passeriformes
  • Icteridae
  • Agelaius
  • A. phoeniceus
Birdorable Family Icterids
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 16 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
7 to 9.5 inches
13 inches
1.2 to 2.2 ounces
Range North America Central America Caribbean United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • vlhovec červenokřídlý (Czech)
  • Rødvinget Stærling (Danish)
  • Epauletspreeuw (Dutch)
  • punaolkaturpiaali (Finnish)
  • Carouge à épaulettes (French)
  • Rotschulterstärling (German)
  • Ittero alirosse (Italian)
  • ハゴロモガラス (hagoromogarasu) (Japanese)
  • Rødvingetrupial (Norwegian)
  • epoletnik krasnoskrzydly (Polish)
  • Красноплечий чёрный трупиал (Russian)
  • Turpial Sargento (Spanish)
  • Rödvingetrupial (Swedish)

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