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Yellow-headed Blackbird

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About the Yellow-headed Blackbird

The Yellow-headed Blackbird can be found in cattail marshes in North America, mainly west of the Great Lakes. The adult male is mainly black with a yellow head and breast, while the female is mainly brown with a dull yellow throat and breast.

Yellow-headed Blackbirds forage in marshes and catch insects in flight. They mainly eat seeds and insects. Outside of the nesting period you can see them feeding in flocks, often with other blackbirds.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 19 March 2009
Scientific Name Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus
  • Passeriformes
  • Icteridae
  • Xanthocephalus
  • X. xanthocephalus
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 15 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
8.3 to 10.2 inches
16.5 to 17.3 inches
1.6 to 3.5 ounces
Range North America Central America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • Vlhovec žlutohlavý (Czech)
  • Gulhovedet Trupial (Danish)
  • Geelkoptroepiaal (Dutch)
  • Keltahupputurpiaali (Finnish)
  • Carouge à Tête Jaune (French)
  • Brillenstärling (German)
  • Ittero Testagialla (Italian)
  • キガシラムクドリモドキ (Kigashiramukudorimodoki) (Japanese)
  • Gulhodetrupial (Norwegian)
  • Kacyk Zóltoglowy (Polish)
  • Желтоголовый трупиал (Russian)
  • Turpial de Cabeza Amarilla (Spanish)
  • Gulhuvad trupial (Swedish)

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