Red-winged Blackbird

Agelaius phoeniceus Order: Passeriformes Family: Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Agelaius phoeniceus Order: Passeriformes Family: Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)

Adult males precisely live up to the name—females more resemble a sparrow on steroids. The first reliable sign that spring is here is a cattail marsh alive with males establishing their territory. Outside of the breeding season, red-wings gather in huge blackbird flocks and can cause some agricultural damage. The USDA allows farmers in western Minnesota and the Dakotas to kill millions each spring.

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