Male Rusty Blackbirds are rusty coloured in the fall or winter, and completely black during the rest of the year. The birds are the size of a robin, have pale yellow eyes with black pupils and have slightly curved bills.
In British Columbia, the Rusty Blackbird nests 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 converting high-elevation wetlands
Degradation of wetlands
Invasion by more dominant species
You Can Help!
Conserve remaining wetlands and leave them undisturbed
Protect and restore wetlands on your property