Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

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 and 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.

Common Names

Red-winged Blackbird

Rotschulterstärling (de)
Tordo sargento (es)
Carouge à épaulettes (fr)


Agelaius phoeniceus