|Female Red-winged Blackbird|
The Red-winged Blackbird male is unmistakable for most Michigan residents. The pure black bird with bright red shoulder patches edged in yellow is hard to miss. The female and juvenile are less obvious. They have heavily streaked under parts and mottled brown upperparts and can look like large sparrows.
|Male & female Red-wings from Wikimedia Commons|
When they are not breeding, they tend to gather in flocks of all male or all female birds. Northern populations will begin to migrate south to the southern United States and Central America as early as August.
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