Red-winged Blackbird, Agelaius phoeniceus, is also one of our residents. Few myths that we know of distinguish between Blackbird and his cousin with the red shoulder patches, however, Native Americans in Louisiana explain his red epaulets through the story of an angry man who threw a shell at him to quiet him. The shell caused the wing to bleed and the red blood stained his wings forever. We don't know why the female of the species looks so different, but obviously she did not get hit by the shell.

Male Red Wing Blackbird

Female Red Wing Blackbird

Female Red Wing Blackbird

Male Red Wing Blackbird

In The Sea Ranch you will find Red-winged Blackbird in most of the same places that you find Brewer's Blackbird - sometimes foraging together in the same flock. Check out the birds carefully because, as you can see from the photograph just above, his red patch does not always show fully.

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Red Epaulets