Red-winged blackbirds are polygynous, with territorial males defending up to 10 females. However, females frequently copulate with males other than their social mate and often lay clutches of mixed paternity. Pairs raise two or three clutches per season, in a new nest for each clutch.
A new nest for each clutch? Those are busy birds!
You’re not kidding! They spend their time building nests and copulating! What a life…Don’t you think? Thanks, Linda. 🙂
You should see the starling parents with two teenagers that’s shown up at my feeders. What gluttons! They’re rolling through dried mealworms like they’re candy!
Excellent pictures and interesting info, HJ!
Thank you so much, Indira. 🙂
This bird may be one of the many species that can store sperm from many partners and when she has finished that, she can use the best quality, five star stuff, to fertilise the eggs. Our flycatchers, for example, can do this.
I read something about that before. Amazing! Thank you for sharing, John. 🙂
Well they are keeping the species going! and interesting comment from jfwknifton.
The species that can do that have better chances to improve their future generations in less time. Thank you, Jane. 🙂
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What a striking bird and amazing fact about the nests!
Thank you, Chris.