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Red-winged Blackbird

Submitted by on July 13, 2010 – 9:34 pm6 Comments
Red-winged Blackbird from video by Lang Elliot

Red-winged Blackbird from video by Lang Elliot

Listen to the sounds of the Red-winged Blackbird and see it puff out those shoulder pads in this “delicious” video.

Lang Elliot captured this footage of a Red-winged Blackbird in the Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area which is located in Missouri. He described the experience in a blog post:

I managed to snag a delicious video portrait of a male Red-winged Blackbird. I’ve always had trouble getting really good-looking footage of males doing their so-called “songspread” displays, but this particular bird performed spectacularly, bowing forward as he sang and puffing out his red epaulets (shoulder pads) with complete abandon.

Lang really did a fantastic job filming this bird. You almost feel like your right there next to the Red-winged Blackbird as it sings!

  • sue

    thankyou for sharing this with us! i have never heard of this bird, what a wonderful colour on its wings. wish we had them in the UK

  • Andrew

    You're very welcome! Glad you enjoyed the video. Maybe you should come visit! :)

  • Fran

    Fantastic! I hope all his hard work paid off. I can hear other birds in the background. Gallinule perhaps, or other shorebirds. This must have been filmed at a lake. W have them here in Central FL.

  • Andrew

    Very good ear!

  • Mstzizi92

    can u help me write a descriptive essay about this bird?

  • Andrew

    Try reading about the bird on Wikipedia ( ) and at the Cornell Lab of Ornoithology ( ).