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Flaunting Her Own Colors

Added on by Ellen Halloran.

The female red-winged blackbird is often overlooked because of her earthy, brownish feathering.   This subtle coloring works well as a camouflage in concealing a nesting female bird. 

The dictionary I use defines 'brown' as "any of a group of colors between red and yellow in hue, of medium to low lightness, and of moderate to low saturation."

                                                                                                      © Ian Suzuki

                                                                                                      © Ian Suzuki

This female red-winged blackbird has beautiful reddish-yellow highlights amid various shades and tints of brown.

Here's the more well-known and easily identified male of the species.

Red-Winged Blackbird

Red-Winged Blackbird takes the air

Very spruce and debonnaire.

And he flaunts to all beholders

Scarlet feathers on his shoulders.

                                                                               Grace Taber Hallock (1893 - ?) American