Bird on a Wire

Female birds in many cases are not nearly as brilliantly colored or marked as their male counterparts.  This is true of the female Red-winged Blackbird perched on the barbed wire below, which is neither black nor red-winged.  Females are streaked with gold and brown and feature a lighter eyebrow and pale breast.  Typically they exhibit yellow patches or occasionally a little bit of red on their shoulders. It is speculated that the female’s brownish coloration keeps her camouflaged, protecting her from predators while nesting.

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

2 thoughts on “Bird on a Wire

  1. that bird is beautiful!

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