Red-winged Blackbird

Agelaius phoeniceus

Red-winged Blackbird, Agelaius phoeniceus, photo © by Robert Shantz

Male Red-winged Blackbird photograph by Robert Shantz near Near Willcox, Arizona on July 4, 2005. Another male bird in the photo at right was seen in Glendale, Arizona, during Oct. 2018.

As in riparian/marshy habitats across North America, Red-winged Blackbirds are common in suitable habitat in the Sonoran Desert. Agricultural areas are also a preferred foraging area but also along permanent rivers, especially in winter; find them attracted in huge numbers to flooded, irrigated fields. Females are brown-streaked and lack red wing patches.

Year-round Resident - migration from north - more abundant in winter

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Red-winged Blackbird, Agelaius phoeniceus, photo © by Mike Plagens

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Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 3 Feb. 2009,
updated 24 Jan. 2019.