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L. 7-9 1/2" (18-24 cm)
Male: Black with bright red shoulder patches (epaulettes), bordered by white below
 Similar Species
Red-winged Blackbird which has yellow below the red shoulder patch.
Marshes, swamps, and wet and dry meadows; pastures as long as there is any kind of water nearby.
After the breeding season, the birds gather with other blackbirds in flocks, sometimes numbering in the hundreds of thousands. At this time, the blackbirds are often considered pests because they consume grain in cultivated fields; however, farmers benefit because the birds consume harmful insects during the nesting season.
Nesting: 3-5 pale blue eggs, spotted and scrawled with dark brown and purple, in a well-made cup of marsh grass or reeds, attached to growing marsh vegetation or built in a bush in a marsh. Each pair raises two or three broods a season, building a new nest for each clutch.
A rich, musical o-ka-leeee!
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