Rusty blackbirds are about the size of a robin, with long tails. Males are an iridescent black during the breeding season and rusty brown in the fall or winter. Females are brownish-grey all over.
They have pale yellow eyes with black pupils and slightly curved bills.
Easily confused with Brewers Blackbirds, Rusty Blackbirds are more greenish-black during the breeding season, where Brewer's are purplish black.
In British Columbia, the Rusty Blackbird favours the shores of high-elevation wetlands such as slow-moving streams, peat bogs, marshes, swamps, beaver ponds and pasture edges.
Habitat loss due to draining and developing wetlands
Degradation of wetlands by invasive species and pollution
You Can Help!
Conserve remaining wetlands and leave them undisturbed
Protect and restore wetlands on your property
(All above photos taken by Chrissy McLarren, CC by 2.0, via flickr.com)