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Red-winged Blackbird

Description: 
Males are all black with red shoulder patches edges in yellow (this yellow is sometimes hidden) with a black bill and legs. Females are chestnut and buff mottled-brown with heavily streaked, pale breast belly and sides and a light jawline and eyebrow. Red-winged blackbirds are sometimes confused with several species, with the following differences. The common grackle has a long, rudder-like tail. The Brewer’s blackbird and rusty blackbird males have yellow eyes. Female Brewer’s blackbird and rusty blackbird are more uniformly brown, with no streaks.
Habitat: 
Red-winged blackbirds are found in cattail marshes, we meadows and ditches, croplands and shoreline shrubs. In winter, this is a common visitor to urban and residential neighborhoods. This bird can be found statewide.
Life Cycle: 
At feeders, this bird eats millet, milo, black-oil and striped sunflower seeds. Away from feeders, they forage on the ground for seeds, waste grain and insects. They often search through vegetation for seeds and insects.
Size: 
Approximately 6.7 to 9.1 inches in length. Wingspan of 12.2 to 15.7 inches.
How to Observe: 

These birds feed in flocks with other blackbirds. They prefer to feed on or just above the ground.