Yellow-headed Blackbird

Bear River Bird Refuge Utah

Bear River Bird Refuge

The Feather Files
Name: Yellow-headed Blackbird
Species: Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus
Native to and Migration: Populations that breed in the Canadian prairies migrate southeast and then due south across the United States to wintering grounds in the Southwest and throughout Mexico. They form large flocks of thousands of birds that forage in crop fields, ranchlands, and farmyards from Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas through much of Mexico.
Date Seen: May 3, 2018
Location: Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Utah

Notes: The female chooses a nest site within a male’s territory. The nest always overhangs shallow water in wetlands, marshes, ponds and rivers.

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