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)|