Family: Icteridae 

Physical characteristics:
7.5-9.5"
Male: black with red and yellow patch on the bend of the wing
Female: brown with streaks on the belly and a sharp pointed beak
No full plumage until the third year

Voice:
Song- sounds like
“conk-ka-ree” or “ok-a lee”, Call- long note “chick”

Geography: breeding range is from Canada to Florida and Texas, winters are spent in the southern and coastal US.

Nesting: Males arrive early in spring and set up territories in hayfields/swamps/freshwater wetlandsFemales set up nest within these territories and make a cup nest of vegetation.  Incubation period is 10-12 days

Diet: Insects and seeds.
RED WING BLACKBIRD (Agelaius phoeniceus)