Rusty Blackbird

Euphagus carolinus

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Habitat

Status

Special Concern (Federal)
Blue List (Provincial)

Description

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.

Threats

-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

Resources

https://www.sararegistry.gc.ca/virtual_sara/files/cosewic/sr_rusty_blackbird_0806_e.pdf


(All photos taken by Chrissy McLarren, CC by 2.0, via flickr.com)