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Any help is appreciated! I think this may be a juvenile bird? I thought it might be a brown-headed cowbird, but the plumage and head markings don't seem quite right (compared to examples on the internet)? Any assistance is greatly appreciated.!

Rob aka orbitrob


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Based on the location, timing and picture, this bird is a female Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

In the spring in Ontario, it would be unlikely to have juveniles around, as breeding has just begun unless this photo was taken near the end of Spring. Male Red-winged Blackbirds would be in their dark black plumage with the yellow/red wing patch. Here is a photo of a pair with the male on the left and female on the right.

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You can find more information about them here

  • $\begingroup$ That's very helpful. Thank-you! Makes sense as there were a lot of the 'showier' males around. :) $\endgroup$
    – OrbitRob
    Aug 28, 2018 at 20:21

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