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Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Red-winged Blackbird

About 9-1/2 inches long, the red-wing breeds in most of North America; it winters in the southern half of United States and down clear to Costa Rica.

The prairies of the upper Mississippi Valley, with their numerous sloughs and ponds, furnish ideal nesting places for red-wings, and this region has become the great breeding ground for the species, pouring forth the vast flocks that sometimes play havoc with grainfields.  Red-wings are gregarious, living in flocks and breeding in communities.  Their food is about one-fourth insects and three-fourths vegetable.


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