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Brewer's Blackbird

Quiscale de Brewer

Birds of North America

Euphagus cyanocephalus




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Species: The Brewer's Blackbird (Euphagus cyannophalus) is one of the more common blackbirds seen in North America. Being able to use a more varied habitat than some, it does require marshes, but makes it existence in fields, riparian woodlands, and even in town and cities in the winter months.

Distinctions: The male has yellow eyes and an all-black shiny plumage, seen this way all year around, giving off an iridescent blue to purplish sheen. The female has dark coloured eyes, and a greyish black plumage. The juvenile is very similar to the female. It can be a challenge to distinguish the Brewer's Blackbird from the Rusty Blackbird, both bird types are similar in size, both have an all-black plumage, but one of the male Rusty Blackbird's features, when seen in breeding plumage, shows more of a green iridescent sheen.

Voice: Single call notes, some similarity to other types of blackbirds.

Nesting: Four to five light grey to light greenish, with smudges of brown spots. Either built low to the ground in shrubs or trees, or on the ground itself, composed of grasses, plant materials.

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9" 23cm 15.5" 39.4cm 2.2oz 62.4g Icteridae Euphagus cyanocephalus

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Distribution: Found in a more diverse environment than most blackbirds, ranges from fields, riparian landscape, and even city parks, this blackbird is accustomed to people. Seen from east of the Great Lakes, to Northern British Columbia, south to Southern California, and east to Northern Florida.


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