Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Red-Winged Blackbird - Antelope Island

There are about 22 subspecies of red-winged blackbird. The one prior post I've done on them featured a bird in Florida. One of the subspecies is A. p. floridanus which I'm assuming must be a subspecies located in Florida. 

There are other subspecies with hints to their location, such as A. p. nevadensis, A. p. californicus, A. p. sonoriensis and most are quite similar to each other. 
Red-winged blackbirds in Utah.
I saw a tree full of them in November on Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake and know they must be a separate subspecies from the lone bird I photographed in Florida. The pictures are not great, but they are what I have. 
A male, bottom left and female, to right.

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