The Brewer's Blackbird is a common sight in the
open country of the western U.S., although it has also expanded its range into
the Great Lakes area. As with the Common
Grackle, they have become accustomed to a human presence, and are a common
sight in residential areas.
be found in a variety of open to semi-open habitats, including shrubby fields,
riparian areas, farmland, shrubby grasslands, woodland edges, and even along the
Diet: Feeds on a wide variety of insects
and spiders, as well as consuming a large amount of seeds and waste grain.
Will also feed on snails and small crustaceans.
Behavior: Primarily forages by walking along the
ground. Will occasionally wade in shallow water, and also will capture
flying insects in mid-air. Gregarious outside of the breeding season,
often forming large winter flocks.
Nesting: June and July
Song: A short rough buzzy z-kzzzzzz.
Migration: Summers throughout much of the western
U.S., western Canada, and the Great Lakes area. Winters in the southern
half of the U.S. and southward.
Conservation Status: Generally stable and widespread. Has
expanded its range since historic times to include the Great Lakes region.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Brewer's Blackbird"
Photo Information: December 18th, 2008 - San
Francisco, California - Terry Sohl
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