Red-winged Blackbirds display marked sexual dimorphism. Males in breeding plumage are very familiar birds to many people. They are solid black, with red wing-patches. Each patch has a light yellow stripe below, and can be displayed in varying amounts. Tricolored Blackbirds, which are rare in Washington, look similar, but have more pointed wing-tips, thinner bills, and white edging on the red patches. Female Red-winged Blackbirds are smaller, dark, and streaked. They have a white line over each eye and are evenly streaked all down the back. First-year males look like mature males but with rusty edgings on their black feathers. They have red wing-patches, but they are generally paler than mature males and may be darkly spotted.

First Sighting of Year

Saturday, March 28, 2015 Main Rd Wiscasset ME United States
Sunday, March 6, 2016 2€“84 Hermit Island Rd Phippsburg ME United States
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 112 McSwain Dr West Columbia SC United States
Sunday, February 18, 2018 10240 Jalapa Way La Grange CA United States
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