Brewer’s Blackbird

(Euphagus cyanocephalus)

Conservation Status

 

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  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
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N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

     
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not listed

     
           
 
Description
 
 

The male is entirely black with an iridescent blue sheen on the body and iridescent purplish sheen of the head and neck. It may look all black depending on the angle of the light.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

8 to 10 in length

 
     
 

Voice

 
   
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Moist, grassy meadows, roadsides near wetlands

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

 

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common migrant and local breeder

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Passeriformes (perching birds)  
 

Family

Icteridae (American blackbirds, orioles, New World blackbirds)  
 

Genus

Euphagus (rusty and Brewer’s blackbirds)  
       
 

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Brewer's Blackbird
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  Brewer's Blackbird  
Brewer's Blackbird
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Other Videos
 
  Brewer's Blackbird (Icteridae: Euphagus cyanocephalus) Female
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jun 24, 2009

Photographed near Kellys Slough NWR, North Dakota (24 June 2009).

   
  Brewer's Blackbird (Icteridae: Euphagus cyanocephalus) Male
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jun 24, 2009

Photographed near Kellys Slough NWR, North Dakota (24 June 2009).

   
  Euphagus cyanocephalus
wetvideocamera
 
   
 
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Published on Dec 8, 2012

Brewer's Blackbird seen near Camp Kawkawa on Kawkawa Lake, Hope, BC

( Euphagus cyanocephalus ) June 2005

   
  Brewer's Blackbird Mates - Best in HD Mode
RainshadowCoast
 
   
 
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Published on Jun 13, 2012

These two Brewer's Blackbird mates are always together, usually within 50 feet. The male is the dark one. The female gets fussed up every so often as she does in this video. She doesn't like robins being so close to her when she is bathing, either. Even chases him off my camera tripod. 

The male's antics are amusing, too. They both always have a lot to say, it seems.

   
       

 

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