Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
The red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) is named after the adult male of the species, which has a bright red shoulder patch against a glossy black plumage.
The red-winged blackbird resides year-round in South Carolina and is often found in marshes and open fields. This small perching bird is named after the adult male of the species, which has a bright red shoulder patch against a glossy black plumage. The female and her young, on the other hand, are less ornate having dusky brown stripes against a dark brown plumage. Pairs of red-winged blackbirds typically raise two to three broods (young hatched at one time) during the breeding season, which extends from April to June in South Carolina. Nests are constructed by the female using marsh grass, rushes, and sedges, and are typically attached to growing marsh vegetation. The red-winged blackbird feeds on various seeds, grasses, and insects.