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Brewer's Blackbird

Brewer's Blackbird
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX110IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-21 12:11
Viewed: 3340
Points: 6
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Brewer's Blackbird
Euphagus cyanocephalus

Quiscale des Brewer (French)

See female.

A shiny blue-green blackbird, the Brewer's Blackbird is common in agricultural and suburban habitats of the West. It has taken advantage of human modifications of the environment to expand its range eastward.

Medium-sized songbird.
Medium-long tail.
Bill thin and pointed.
Male iridescent black with purple and green highlights
female dull gray-brown.
Size: 20-25 cm (8-10 in)
Wingspan: 37 cm (15 in)
Weight: 47-67 g (1.66-2.37 ounces)

Sex Differences
Male iridescent black. Female dull gray-brown and slightly smaller.

Song a harsh whirring gurgling "schl-r-r-up." Call a sharp "tschup."

Conservation Status
Widespread and abundant. Not considered threatened, but declines noticed in parts of range.

Cool Facts
The Brewer's Blackbird spread its range eastward from western Minnesota in the 20th century, taking advantage of human-produced changes in landscape. Where it overlaps with the Common Grackle, the blackbird takes over the open grassy areas, while the grackle dominates in urban and suburban areas.
The Brewer's Blackbird nests in compact colonies, numbering from a few pairs to more than one hundred. Occasionally a pair will nest solitarily away from a colony. In the colony a female (sometimes aided by a male) defends a small area directly around her nest site.
Within a colony most females choose the same kind of nest site, indicating that females follow the lead of the first nest builders. A colony may change its nest preference from year to year, building all nests in small bushes one year, and in tall trees the next.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-03-21 12:46]

Hello Manyee.
The feathers are beautifully iridescent. I love the colours, the light and the nice composition. Nice sharp details and good DOF
Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-03-21 14:38]

Hi Manyee,maybe the focus isn't the best on the bird,but the brilliants colors of plums are fantastics,you use the light at the best and the result is very very nice.Thanks for share,have a nice week,LUCIANO.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-03-21 19:35]

Hello Manyee,
A nice shot of this beautiful Brewer's Blackbird. Love the iridescent colors and that bright yellow eye. Nicely framed with all the greenery and showing good detail. Well done!!

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