red-winged blackbird

noun
\ˈred-ˌwiŋd- \

Definition of red-winged blackbird 

: a North American blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) of which the adult male is black with a patch of bright scarlet at the bend of the wings bordered behind with yellow or buff

called also redwing blackbird

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Last week, a runner at Atwater Beach in Shorewood reported that a red-winged blackbird had swooped at him and made contact with his head. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Angry birds: Watch out for red-winged blackbird attacks this time of year," 29 June 2018 The red-winged blackbird is one of the most abundant birds across North America. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Angry birds: Watch out for red-winged blackbird attacks this time of year," 29 June 2018 Heard the red-winged blackbirds whistling from the reeds. Charles W. Gusewelle, kansascity, "For Father’s Day, a favorite column from Charles Gusewelle: That miracle day," 16 June 2018 Elsewhere, red-winged blackbirds chirp their nasally songs while yellow butterflies flutter over wildflowers peeking through piles of rubble. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "Neighborhoods / News / Politics Chicago's next great park? Hardly," 21 May 2018 Several male red-winged blackbirds occupied their little cattail empires at the pond’s edge. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Cowan’s Ford Wildlife Refuge is a perfect spot for leisurely birding | Charlotte Observer," 4 May 2018 And a male red-winged blackbird sat tall on a marshy point to the south, its red-and-yellow epaulettes on full display. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Wolf River walleye run signals start of spring in Wisconsin," 31 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of red-winged blackbird

circa 1769, in the meaning defined above

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