Photo Credits: Becky Matsubara

Photo Credits: Becky Matsubara

Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus)

Yellow-headed Blackbirds live in wetlands such as marshes, prairies, and reeds. Their diet consists of insects and seeds. They are larger than the common Red-winged Blackbird, with a wingspan of 16.5-17.3 in. and a weight of 1.6-3.5 oz. Yellow-headed Blackbirds have a call that sounds mechanical and unnerving. Their common call is a buzzy, “kerrrr” noise and few chirps. They are protected on the US Migratory Bird list.

Frequency: Rare