Photo Credits: Becky Matsubara

Photo Credits: Becky Matsubara

Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus)

STATUS: Native, Migratory, Least Concern

DESCRIPTION: 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.

HABITAT: Yellow-headed Blackbirds live in wetlands such as marshes, prairies, and reed meadows.

DIET: Their diet consists of insects and seeds.

NOTES: 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