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Red-winged Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-02-10 3:30
Viewed: 3296
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Red-winged Blackbird
Agelaius phoeniceus

Carouge à épaulettes (French)
Tordo alirrojo, Tordo capitán, Mayito de la ciénaga, Sargento (Spanish)

Perhaps the most abundant bird in North America, the Red-winged Blackbird is found in wetlands and agricultural areas across the continent. The black male can hide the brilliant red shoulders or show them off in a dazzling display. The striped female looks strikingly different than the male and could almost be mistaken for a large dark sparrow.

Different populations and subspecies of Red-winged Blackbirds vary markedly in size and proportions. An experiment was conducted that moved nestlings between populations and found that the chicks grew up to resemble their foster parents. This study indicated that much of the difference seen between populations is the result of the different environments.
The Red-winged Blackbird is a highly polygynous species, with one male having up to 15 different females making nests in his territory. In some populations 90% of territorial males have more than one female. But, from one quarter to up to half of the young in "his" nests do not belong to the territorial male. Instead they have been sired by neighboring males.
The male Red-winged Blackbird fiercely defends his territory during the breeding season. He may spend more than a quarter of all the daylight hours in territory defense. He vigorously keeps all other males out of the territory and defends the nests from predators. He will attack much larger animals, including horses and people.
The Red-winged Blackbird forms roosting congregations in all months of the year. In the summer it will roost in small numbers at night in the wetlands where it forages and breeds. In winter, it can form huge congregations of several million birds, which congregate in the evening and spread out each morning. Some may travel as far as 80 km (50 mi) between the roosting and feeding sites. It commonly shares its winter roost with other blackbird species and European Starlings.


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Hello Manyee,
very good shot. Great POV and very good details. Good visual impact. Thank you.

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  • samos Gold Star Critiquer [C: 79 W: 4 N: 2] (39)
  • [2006-02-10 7:15]

Hello Manyee the capture of this bird is wonterful nice photo nice jop thanks have a good weekend regards Stavros

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-02-10 10:34]

Good pic of the red-winged Black bird Manyee. Well composed with great colors. A bit noisy though but a very good shot. Thanks,


Hi Manyee,
this is soooo interesting, I haven't knowed that blackbirds also can have some red feathers. It looks wonderful. Sad that the shot is a little noisy, anyway a good POV and a pretty bird, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Manyee,
Good detail, colours, Composition, POV and framing.
The image is a touch noisy, and OE in the lower RH corner on the post. But it's still a good shot Manyee.
Thanks for posting, have a great weekend.

Nice capture Manyee. I like the POV and red wing bar seen so well. Well done & have a Great Weekend!

Hi Manyee

Very good shot. Nice lighting with good colours. Great POV. Thanks.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-02-13 10:52]

Hi Manyee,
this is a beautiful shot, great POV and DOF. Colors and details are great. Nice composition.

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