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Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus

Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus

Aves > Passeriformes > Icteridae

Names in different Languages

EnglishRed-winged Blackbird
FrenchCarouge à épaulettes
SpanishTordo sargento


A small but aggressive bird nesting along the shores of ponds and rivers and which doesn't hesitate to attack larger birds when this one gets too close to the nest.

How to Identify

Males are black with a red patch on each side of the wing. Female are about the same size but have brown and white feathers. Both color and behavior help to identify this species.

Where When to Spot

Best season to watch Red-winged Blackbirds is early spring. This species is one of the first migratory birds to arrive and it settles along the shores of ponds and rivers when males are usually arriving first and fiercely defend their small territory. This bird can be seen in all parks around Montreal where there is some natural habitat along waters.



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2022-07-30Parc de la Frayère
2022-06-11Jardin Botanique de Montréal
2022-06-04Jardin Botanique de Montréal
2022-05-25Parc Bernard-Landry
2022-05-24Jardin Botanique de Montréal
2022-05-22Parc Bernard-Landry
2022-05-21Parc Île-de-la-Visitation
2022-05-01Parc Nature Pointe aux Prairies
2022-04-30Parc des Rapides
2022-04-30Parc Angrignon

Last updated on 2023-01-15. Written and regularly updated by Karl-Heinz Müller, Dipl. Natw. ETH, Biology. With 10 years of experience in wildlife photography, Karl-Heinz shares first-hand, on-site collected observations, photos and videos from his frequent visits to parks in the Montreal area.