Rusty Blackbird

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Rusty Blackbird

Euphagus carolinus
  • ORDER: Passeriformes
  • FAMILY: Icteridae
Basic Description

Rusty Blackbird is one of North America’s most rapidly declining species. The population has plunged an estimated 85-99 percent over the past forty years and scientists are completely puzzled as to what is the cause. They are relatively uncommon denizens of wooded swamps, breeding in the boreal forest and wintering in the eastern U.S. In winter, they travel in small flocks and are identified by their distinctive rusty featheredges and pallid yellow eyes.

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Other Names
  • Zanate Canadiense (Spanish)
  • Quiscale rouilleux (French)
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