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GALLERIES > BIRDS > PASSERIFORMES > ICTERIDAE > YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD [Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus]


Yellow-headed Blackbird Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: San Jacinto Wildlife Area, CA
GPS: 33.9N, -117.1W, elev=1,426' MAP
Date: October 15, 2011
ID : B13K9292 [4896 x 3264]

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Yellow-headed Blackbird Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Rupert, ID
GPS: 42.6N, -113.7W, elev=4,151' MAP
Date: July 28, 2007
ID : ? [3888 x 2592]

Yellow-headed Blackbird Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Rupert, ID
GPS: 42.6N, -113.7W, elev=4,151' MAP
Date: July 28, 2007
ID : 2 [3888 x 2592]

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SPECIES INFO

The Yellow-headed Blackbird, Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus, is a medium-sized blackbird, and the only member of the genus Xanthocephalus.

Adults have a pointed bill. The adult male is mainly black with a yellow head and breast; they have a white wing patch sometimes only visible in flight. The adult female is mainly brown with a dull yellow throat and breast.

Their breeding habitat is cattail marshes in North America, mainly west of the Great Lakes. The nest is built with and attached to marsh vegetation. They nest in colonies, often sharing their habitat closely with the Red-winged Blackbird. During the breeding and nesting season the males are very territorial and spend much of their time perched on reed stalk and displaying or chasing off intruders.

These birds migrate in the winter to the southwestern United States and Mexico. They often migrate in huge flocks with other species of birds. These blackbirds are only permanent residents in the USA of the San Joaquin Valley and the Lower Colorado River Valley of Arizona and California.

These birds forage in the marsh, in fields or on the ground; they sometimes catch insects in flight. They mainly eat seeds and insects. Outside of the nesting period, they often feed in flocks, often with other blackbirds.

This bird's song resembles the grating of a rusty hinge.



                                     




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