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Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus


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Brewer's Blackbird, female
credit:  Ingrid Taylar/CCSA

© Lang Elliot/ (audio)

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Family: Icteridae, Blackbirds and Orioles view all from this family

Description ADULT BREEDING MALE Has black plumage overall; in good light, has purple sheen on head and blue-green sheen to back, wings, and breast. Note the pale iris. ADULT NONBREEDING MALE Duller, due to brownish feather edges, which gradually wear off. ADULT FEMALE Rather uniform dark gray-brown, darkest on wings and tail. Iris is dark in most birds. IMMATURES Similar to respective sex winter adults.

Dimensions Length: 8-10" (20-25 cm)

Habitat Commoner west of range covered by this book, but still a widespread summer visitor to farmland and other open habitats. Migrates south in fall and winters in southeastern U.S. Range has expanded overall due to human alteration of natural environment.

Observation Tips Easy to see and often tame in suburban parks and gardens.

Range Mid-Atlantic, Eastern Canada, Southeast, Texas, New England, Northwest, Western Canada, California, Rocky Mountains, Southwest, Florida, Alaska, Plains, Great Lakes

Voice Song is a piercing, squeaky whistle, sometimes followed by call-like tchak notes.

Discussion Widespread and familiar colonially nesting bird. Often bold in suburban locations. Sexes are dissimilar.