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Brewer's Blackbird

Brewer's Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird (male)

© David McDonald

Euphagus cyanocephalus

Family: (Icteridae) Blackbirds and Orioles

Preferred Habitat: Fields, along highways, open country.

Seasonal Occurrence: Abundant December through March.

Notes: The Brewer's Blackbird is quite common in Texas, but its name is often not known by non-birders, who tend to lump them together with the other blackbirds (cowbirds, starlings, grackles, Red-winged Blackbirds). Brewer's Blackbirds usually are found in small flocks and do not generally associate with other species. Distinguishing traits for this species include non-keeled tail (unlike grackles), pale yellow eyes, and the habit of walking with a head jerk accompanying each step.
- Susan Billetdeaux

Brewer's Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird (female)

© David McDonald

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