red-winged blackbird

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As their name suggests, red-winged blackbirds are small birds with mostly all black coloring except for a splash of red (and yellow) on the top of their wings. These birds have a very distinct call, and in many regions, its repeated sound is a sign of Spring. They are common across North America but tend to congregate around wetland areas, and so, if seen in the southwest, it is usually around watercourses, seepage, or springs.

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"Singing Red-Winged Blackbird, March 13, 2011" by Chris Smith is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA.

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