• Peak Breeding Activity: early spring-summer
• Incubation: 11-13 days
• Clutch Size: 3-4 eggs
• Young Fledge: 14-10 days after hatching
• Typical Foods: seeds and insects
Females resemble sparrows, but have noticeable differences in size, habits, and bill shape. The male is black with bright red shoulder patches.
Habitat and Habits
This species inhabits all types of open habitats, roadsides, wet meadows, and cattail marshes. An abundant bird, red-winged blackbirds are one of the more obvious species along our roadsides. The males deliver their raucous conk-a-ree-onk songs while perching on fences, wires, and the tops of shrubs. Frequently they accompany their singing by flashing their brilliant red epaulets, which they display by folding their wings out and forward. These birds are most abundant in wetlands.
Reproduction and Care of the Young
Redwings are polygamous -- one male mates with many females. The nest is a cup made of marsh grass and is attached to a marsh plant. The female blackbird can raise up to three broods in a season.