Yellow-headed Blackbird

(Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

Yellow-headed Blackbird

NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common migrant and breeder

Habitat

Cattail marshes, sloughs

Size

8 to 11 in length

15 wingspan

     
     
 

 

  Photo by Lynn Rubey

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Migration

Early April to mid-May and mid-August to mid-November


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Taxonomy

Order:

Passeriformes (perching birds)

 

Family:

Icteridae (blackbirds, orioles, and relatives)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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Lynn Rubey


A female Yellow-Headed Blackbird in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge foraging where a thicket was cut out to help restore the refuge to native plants that they were crowding out.

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A femal Yellow-Headed Blackbird Side view foraging in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge.

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A Yellow-headed Blackbird in flight landing on a reed in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge. The white wing patch is sometimes only visible during flight, in this photo you can clearly see it on one wing.

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They were both in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge. I took a hike down one of the gated roads in the refuge, the females seem to favor the middle of the reeds and closer to the ground, this is even slid down the reeds to the ground.

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Female Yellow-headed Blackbird.

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Dan W. Andree


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It was a rather cool and overcast day when I noticed this Yellow-headed Blackbird perched in some reeds at a pond in rural Norman co. Mn… Seemed to make the day a little brighter.

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About

Uploaded on Jan 27, 2011

The Yellow-headed Blackbird (xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) is a North American bird and forages in the marsh, in fields or on the ground; they sometimes catch insects in flight. They mainly eat seeds and insects. Their main method of foraging is to push their bill into the ground or a food item and then force their bill, as well as the substrate, open. Outside of the nesting period, they often feed in flocks, often with other blackbirds. This bird's song resembles the grating of a rusty hinge.

During the summer, this bird migrates north to the west-central portions of Canada and the United States. During the winter, it can be found from California to Texas as well as in Mexico and casually in Costa Rica.
tordo cabeciamarill, Carouge à tête jaune, Gulhodetrupial

Xanthocephalus is een geslacht van zangvogels uit de familie troepialen (Icteridae).

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Published on May 14, 2012

Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus

A male yellow-headed blackbird singing at Elizabeth Lake, British Columbia. The longer clip shows in the background how much bird activity there is at the lake. It is a special place to view birds and other wildlife.

The call of the yellow-headed blackbird has been described as sounding like the grating of a rusty hinge!

 
     
  Yellow-headed Blackbird (Icteridae: Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) Male
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Uploaded on Jun 29, 2009

Photographed at Turtle River State Park, North Dakota (26 June 2009).

 
     
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Published on May 4, 2012

Photographed at the Kellys Slough NWR, North Dakota (04 May 2012).

 
     
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Uploaded on Jun 21, 2010

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Lynn Rubey
6/11/2019

Location: Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge

A female Yellow-Headed Blackbird in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge foraging where a thicket was cut out to help restore the refuge to native plants that they were crowding out.

Yellow-headed Blackbird


Lynn Rubey
6/10/2019

Location: Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge

A Yellow-headed Blackbird in flight landing on a reed in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge. The white wing patch is sometimes only visible during flight, in this photo you can clearly see it on one wing.

Yellow-headed Blackbird


Lynn Rubey
5/22/2019

Location: Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge

!. Male Yellow-headed Blackbird 2. Female Yellow-headed Blackbird. They were both in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge I took a hike down one of the gated roads in the refuge, the females seem to favor the middle of the reeds and closer to the ground, this is even slid down the reeds to the ground.

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Dan W. Andree
5/1/2018

Location: rural Norman co. Mn

It was a rather cool and overcast day when I noticed this Yellow-headed Blackbird perched in some reeds at a pond in rural Norman co. Mn… Seemed to make the day a little brighter.

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Bill Reynolds
3/21/2014

Location: This image was taken just outside the boundaries of the Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge, Marshall Co. MN

He was a bit too far off for my lens that day and the was too much water between to get any closer.

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