Brewer's Blackbird

Euphagus cyanocephalus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Blackbirds and Orioles (Icteridae)

Code 4

BRBL

Code 6

EUPCYC

ITIS

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Brewer's Blackbird has a very large range, estimated at 5,300,000 square kilometers globally. It is native to North America, Guatemala, Bahamas, and Turks and Caicos Islands. The bird prefers a temperate grassland habitat, arable or pasture land, or shorelines, sand bars, and tide pools in marine intertidal areas. The population of the bird is estimated at 35,000,000 individuals. The population is not believed to be declining at a rate that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. Because of current population trends, Brewer's Blackbird has an evaluation level of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Brewer's Blackbird: Medium-sized blackbird with purple gloss on head and neck and green gloss on body and wings. Eyes are yellow. Follows farm tractors and plows. Forages on ground. Feeds on caterpillars, insects, fruits, seeds and grains. Strong, swift and direct flight with rapidly beating wings.


Range and Habitat

Brewer's Blackbird: Breeds from British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and the Great Lakes region south to southern California, Arizona, and New Mexico; spends winters from southern Mexico to as far north as British Columbia and the Carolinas. Preferred habitats include prairies, fields, and farmyards.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"ke-see"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Its range spread eastward from western Minnesota in the 20th century, taking advantage of human-produced changes in the landscape.
  • The Brewer’s Blackbird is named after American ornithologist and naturalist Thomas Mayo Brewer.
  • Within a colony most females choose the same kind of nest site. A colony may change its nest preference from year to year, building all nests in small bushes one year and in tall trees the next.
  • A group of brewer's blackbirds are collectively known as a "keg" of blackbirds.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Brewer's Blackbird

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Santiago Cornejo

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