American blackbirds
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Male Red-winged Blackbird
(Agelaius phoeniceus)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Icteridae
Genus: Agelaius
Vieillot, 1816

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American blackbirds are birds belonging to the genus Agelaius in the New World family Icteridae.

This genus includes 5 species of largely insectivorous grassland birds. The males are typically black with some colorful patches, such as on the shoulders or head [1]. Females are drab and somewhat resemble American sparrows.

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The genus Agelaius contains:

In other genera:





  1. ^ Terres, John K. (1980). The Audubon Society Encyclopedia of North American Birds. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. ISBN 0394466519. 


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