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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.

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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