Photography of Birds – Set # 100

Set # 100

Savannah Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

These birds forage on the ground or in low bushes; particularly in winter they are also found in grazed low-growth grassland. They mainly eat seeds, but also eat insects in the breeding season. They are typically encountered as pairs or family groups in the breeding season, and assemble in flocks for the winter migration. The flight call is a thin seep Sensu lato, the Savannah sparrow is considered a threatened species by the IUCN. The song is mixture of chirps and trills.

Red-winged Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird

The red-winged blackbird is one of 11 species in the genus Agelaius and is included in the family Icteridae, which is made up of passerine birds found in North and South America. The red-winged blackbird was originally described as Oriolus phoeniceus by Linnaeus in his 18th-century work, Systema Naturae, but was later moved with the other American blackbirds to the genus Agelaius (Vieillot, 1816). The genus name is Latin derived from Ancient Greek, agelaios, meaning “belonging to a flock”. The specific epithet, phoeniceus, is from the Latin word meaning “deep red”.

© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

8 thoughts on “Photography of Birds – Set # 100

  1. It’s wonderful to get this info on both birds, HJ, and the photos are each a lovely tribute. I didn’t know the savannah sparrow has become a threatened species. Great post, my friend.

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