Red-winged Blackbird

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 20 July 2010
Scientific Name
Agelaius phoeniceus
  • Passeriformes
  • Icteridae
  • Agelaius
  • A. phoeniceus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 21 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
7 to 9.5 inches
13 inches
1.2 to 2.2 ounces


International Names

Czech (Cesky) vlhovec červenokřídlý
Danish (Dansk) Rødvinget Stærling
Dutch (Nederlands) Epauletspreeuw
Finnish (Suomi) punaolkaturpiaali
French (Français) Carouge à épaulettes
German (Deutsch) Rotschulterstärling
Italian (Italiano) Ittero alirosse
Japanese (日本語) ハゴロモガラス (hagoromogarasu)
Norwegian (Norsk) Rødvingetrupial
Polish (Polski) epoletnik krasnoskrzydly
Russian (русский язык) Красноплечий чёрный трупиал
Spanish (Español) Turpial Sargento
Swedish (Svenska) Rödvingetrupial
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