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User / Brown Acres Mark / Brewer's Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) Male
Mark Heatherington / 1,508 items
Hyatt Lake - Cascade Mountains - Jackson County - Oregon - USA

Habitat : Towns
Food : Seeds
Nesting : Shrub
Behavior : Ground Forager
Conservation : Steep Decline

"A bird to be seen in the full sun, the male Brewer’s Blackbird is a glossy, almost liquid combination of black, midnight blue, and metallic green. Females are a staid brown, without the male’s bright eye or the female Red-winged Blackbird’s streaks. Common in towns and open habitats of much of the West, you’ll see these long-legged, ground-foraging birds on sidewalks and city parks as well as chuckling in flocks atop shrubs, trees, and reeds... Brewer’s Blackbirds are sometimes shot, trapped, or poisoned around agricultural fields in an attempt to protect crops. Although they do eat grains, this species’ appetite for insects makes it more of a farmer’s friend than a pest. Brewer’s Blackbirds are quick to notice new food sources and have been credited with helping to curb outbreaks of insect pests including weevils, cutworms, termites, grasshoppers, and tent caterpillars, among others."
-Cornell University Lab of Ornithology
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  • Taken: Jul 3, 2020
  • Uploaded: Jul 24, 2020
  • Updated: Aug 13, 2021