Yellow-headed Blackbird

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 19 March 2009
Scientific Name
Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus
  • Passeriformes
  • Icteridae
  • Xanthocephalus
  • X. xanthocephalus
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 20 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
8.3 to 10.2 inches
16.5 to 17.3 inches
1.6 to 3.5 ounces


International Names

Czech (Cesky) Vlhovec žlutohlavý
Danish (Dansk) Gulhovedet Trupial
Dutch (Nederlands) Geelkoptroepiaal
Finnish (Suomi) Keltahupputurpiaali
French (Français) Carouge à Tête Jaune
German (Deutsch) Brillenstärling
Italian (Italiano) Ittero Testagialla
Japanese (日本語) キガシラムクドリモドキ (Kigashiramukudorimodoki)
Norwegian (Norsk) Gulhodetrupial
Polish (Polski) Kacyk Zóltoglowy
Russian (русский язык) Желтоголовый трупиал
Spanish (Español) Turpial de Cabeza Amarilla
Swedish (Svenska) Gulhuvad trupial
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