Red-winged Blackbird Behavior

The Red-winged Blackbirds are a species that stop by my backyard regularly. When they show up everything goes out of whack!. They make a mess with seeds because they love to scratch and select their favorite seeds, I feed the birds with mixes of several seeds so every bird get to eat what the usually eat.

Their size make them clumsy and somewhat rude to other birds and bully their way around. Being larger that the regular sparrows and other passerines birds they have the advantage for any confrontation, majority of birds avoid the fight and simply move aside. Once in a while I see that a Northern Mockingbird challenges the leader and chase him away. After some time things calm down and everybody share the feeders.

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Red-winged Blackbird (M) (J)

Red-winged Blackbird (F) (J)

Red-winged Blackbird (M) (J)

Red-winged Blackbird 2 (F) (J)

Red-winged Blackbird (M)

Text and photographs Β© H.J. Ruiz – Avian 101

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