red-winged blackbird

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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

Examples of red-winged blackbird in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Researchers studying yellow warbler responses to the parasitic cowbird realized that red-winged blackbirds were eavesdropping and reacting too. Jason G. Goldman, Scientific American, "Red-winged Blackbirds Understand Yellow Warbler Alarms," 13 Apr. 2020 There were two swamp sparrows at Post Farm Marsh in Lenox, a red crossbill at Steepletop Reserve in New Marlborough, 105 red-winged blackbirds at Ashley Falls in Sheffield. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings," 9 Feb. 2020 And what a photo: A solitary red-winged blackbird perches atop a leafless shrub. John Kelly, Washington Post, "An award-winning nature photo was snapped in the wilds of Fairfax County," 24 July 2019 The results are almost too cute to be real: A red-winged blackbird small enough to serve as a larger predator's breakfast hitches a ride on the back of a bald eagle. Scottie Andrew And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "A blackbird hopped on the back of a bald eagle, but it turns out that it wasn't a joyride," 9 July 2019 Walrath is not alone: Park spokeswoman Kelly Barkley says that during mating season, male red-winged blackbirds are fiercely territorial of their nests. USA TODAY, "Painting over history, saving cats’ claws, angry birds: News from around our 50 states," 5 June 2019 The spokeswoman for the park, Kelly Barkley, said that during the mating season male red-winged blackbirds are fiercely territorial of their nests. Amber Jayanth, Cincinnati.com, "It's not just the geese: Woman attacked by blackbirds at West Chester park," 4 June 2019 Ohio Cincinnati: Just like in the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock film, an Ohio woman reports that she was attacked twice in two nights by red-winged blackbirds at Voice of America Park in West Chester. USA TODAY, "Painting over history, saving cats’ claws, angry birds: News from around our 50 states," 5 June 2019 Come spring, the apple trees burst into bloom in their orchard and flocks of red-winged blackbirds return from travels south. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "The Root of the Matter," 8 May 2012

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circa 1769, in the meaning defined above

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“Red-winged blackbird.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/red-winged%20blackbird. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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