Utah Bird Profile
 Red-winged Blackbird - Agelaius phoeniceus

Name Roots: (Gr. agelaios, "flocking" - Gr. & L. phoinikeos, "red")

In Utah:

by Jack Binch

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characteristic behaviors:
Nests in a reeds at a height of 1-8 (0.5-20) feet, in a cup nest. This species is a frequent cowbird host. During the breeding season, this species is an omnivore: ground and freshwater marsh forager. During the non-breeding seasons this species is a granivore: ground gleaner.
Habitat: Breeds in Utah in wetlands andwet meadow habitats.
How to find: This permanent resident is widespread throughout Utah wherever there are cattails and/or bulrushes in which to nest. I especially enjoy watching the males show off their bright red epaulets as they perform their territorial or mate-attraction display during the breeding season. In Utah County the area around Utah Lake is one of the best places to watch this display.    ~ Merrill Webb

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