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Rusty Blackbird -
(Euphagus carolinus) 

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Identification

  • Distinct yellow eye
  • Non breeding/migrant males: rust colored
         feather edges
  • Breeding males shiny black
  • Females more brown than black
  • 8.5" (11 cm.)

Habitat

  • Wooded wetlands
  • Ponds and lakes edges

Additional Information

  • Populations in rapid decline
  • Flocks with Grackles, Red-winged blackbirds and European Starlings
  • Holds tail up when ground foraging
  • Known to occasionally feed on other birds, but usually prefers insects

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Rusty Blackbird standing on a branch

Rusty Blackbird perched over water

 

Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962
kickapoo.reserve@krm.state.wi.us

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