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Yellow-headed Blackbird

From Opus

Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus


[edit] Identification

Male 26·5 cm (10½ in):

  • Yellow head, neck and breast
  • Black around the eye to base of bill
  • Rest of body black
  • White wing patches
  • There is a rare orange/red headed variant

Females 21·5 cm (8½ in)

  • Smaller and browner overall, except for a yellow throat and upper breast. Lower breast streaked with white. Lacks white wing patches.

[edit] Distribution

Breeding range extends from British Columbia to the Great Lakes region, and throughout the western and central U.S. Resident populations can be found along the U.S. west coast.

Winters in the southern U.S. and Mexico.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Freshwater marshes and lakes with reeds are areas for nesting and roosting, during fouraging often spreads into farmland.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists of seeds from weeds and crops; and also insects.

[edit] Vocalisation

Loud, with a variety of calls.

[edit] Gallery

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[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2015)

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