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Red-winged Blackbird  - Agelaius phoeniceus

Red-winged Blackbird - Agelaius phoeniceus

A small but aggressive bird nesting along the shores of ponds and rivers and which doesn't hesitate to attack larger birds when this one gets too close to the nest.

Common Names

How to Identify

Males are black with a red patch on each side of the wing. Female are about the same size but have brown and white feathers. Both color and behavior help to identify this species.

Where & When to Spot

Best season to watch Red-winged Blackbirds is early spring. This species is one of the first migratory birds to arrive and it settles along the shores of ponds and rivers when males are usually arriving first and fiercely defend their small territory. This bird can be seen in all parks around Montreal where there is some natural habitat along waters.

Red-winged Blackbird Feeding Chicks

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Red-winged Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird

Rapids Park Lachine - May 05, 2018

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 1600;
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Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Park Angrignon - April 09, 2017

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/640; Aperture f6.3; Iso 560;
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Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Rapids Park Lachine - June 19, 2016

NIKON D7100; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 320;
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Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Male sitting at a nice spot and calling for a female or chasing away other males.

Park Angrignon - April 18, 2015

NIKON D7100; 18.0-140.0 mm f/3.5-5.6; Focal Length 140mm; Exposure 1/250; Aperture f5.6; Iso 140;
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