Brewers Blackbird

by A Home For Wild Birds.com
Photo by Michael A Del Monaco
(Connecticut)

Brewer's Blackbird

Brewer's Blackbird

Was there ever a family so poorly matched as the blackbird and oriole clan?


What traits are common to every member of it? Not one, that I know. Some of the family are gorgeously clad, like the Baltimore Oriole; some quite plainly, like the cowbird.

Although black seems to be a general color in their plumage, the meadowlark, for example is a brown bird with only a black crescent on its breast.

Most of the males are dressed quite differently from their mates, although the female grackles are merely duller.

Some of these birds sing exquisitely; others wheeze or croak a few unmusical notes. Some live in huge flocks; some live in couples.

Some, like the bobolinks, travel to the tropics every winter; others like the meadowlark can endure the cold of the North.

Part of the family feed upon the ground, but the oriole branch live in the trees.

Devotion to mates and children characterize most of the family, but we can't ignore the cowbird that neither mates nor takes the slightest care of its offspring.

The cowbird builds no nest, while its cousin, the Baltimore Oriole is a famous weaver.

The bobolink is a jolly fellow; the grackle is solemn, even morose.

What a queer family!

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Got A Great Bird Story?.



Coming Soon

Recent Articles

  1. shmr341

    Nov 18, 17 12:21 AM

    we are in central florida and see a small bird with a off white or cream colored chest that makes clicking sounds...have looked for hours and cant find

    Read More

  2. id,ed at last

    Nov 16, 17 11:53 AM

    i tried to post this yesterday, but i guess it didn,t get through. i found this page while trying to id a bird ths ago. i saw it a few days ago. it

    Read More

  3. new birds, warblers?

    Nov 16, 17 11:51 AM

    two or three weeks ago, i heard some contact calls that sounded a lot like bushtits, which visit my yard in flocks in the winter. when i looked up, high

    Read More