Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus Edit

Animalia----Tetrapoda----Aves (Birds)----Passeriformes (Perching birds)---Passeri---Icteridae (Blackbirds)----Xanthocephalus-----X. xanthocephalus

A supposedly common wetland breeder, it is sometimes noted as the most un-musical bird in the whole of North America. The males have a bright yellow head and black body with small patches of white compared to the brown females with hints of yellow. Yellow-headed Blackbirds are more choosy when it comes to habitats and they have a large terroritory so they require a larger space than Red-wings so a small patch by the side of the road is never enough. When you are looking for them they can make themselves very scarce, especially in July when most of the moisture evaporates from the wetlands, even places like Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary which have this bird as their symbol seem to home no individuals at all during these periods. Where they are found they are generally common and the unique call can be heard from a long distance. The call is a random mix of parrot-like squawking, croaking and "musical" notes,with the musical notes containing traces of the Red-winged Blackbirds call.

Sites Edit

Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary,