Blackbird Identification Tips
U. S. Geological Survey)
- Sharply-pointed bill
- Pale eye
- Often found in wet wooded areas
- Entirely black plumage in Spring and Summer
- Variable amount of brown feather edges in Fall and
Winter often with pale supercilium and malar streak
- Breeding plumage similar to male but grayer
- Winter plumage similar to male's
Male Rusty Blackbird similar to male Brewer's Blackbird but lacks
purple iridescence. Female Brewer's Blackbird has a dark eye.
Grackles are larger with much longer
tails. Cowbirds are smaller with more conical bills.
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