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Brewer's Blackbird
Euphagus cyanocephalus

Blackbirds
Blackbird Family (Icteridae)

Size: Length: 20.5-25.5 cm

Description: More common than the rusty blackbird, the male Brewer's blackbird is jet black with a strong iridescent sheen to the feathers. The head and neck appear glossy purple, while the remainder of the body is more of a glossy green or blue. The eye is yellow. This bright sheen differs the males from the duller breeding plumage of the rusty blackbird. Females are brown overall, with brown rather than yellow eyes. Brown-headed cowbirds may be mistaken for female Brewer's blackbirds. The brown head of the male cowbird is unique, while the females are similarly brown overall, but have a shorter tail than the Brewer's blackbird. In the Rockies, Brewer's blackbirds are most commonly found in birch and willow marshes and open fields. They feed on a diversity of insects seeds, waste grain and fruit. Nests are build in low trees, often on the ground, and there may be numerous pairs nesting nearby. The nest is made of twigs and grass, and may be coated with mud. The call has two parts, a quick "tchip" followed by a scraping "ksheeik".

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