Blackbirds and Meadowlarks

The female red-winged blackbird can be confused with a large sparrow/Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach

Strong flight and pointed bills are characteristics of the blackbird family. These birds are often quite vocal. Read about the blackbirds and meadowlarks that live at Willapa National Wildlife Refuge…

  • Brewer's Blackbird

    The male Brewer's balckbird has iridescent pruple, blue and green feathers/Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach

    Often found strutting about in parking areas, this blackbird has a talent for finding food in unusual places.

    Find out where the brewer’s blackbird finds its meals…

  • Brown-headed cowbird

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    This is a bird of the plains that has expanded its range following domestic cattle. Brown-headed cowbirds lay their eggs in other birds' nests, leaving the host bird to raise cowbird chicks.

  • Red-winged Blackbird

    The male red-winged blackbird is glassy black with red and buff shoulder patches/Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach

    One of the most common sights throughout North America, the red-winged blackbird gathers in noisy flocks.

    Discover where you can find this bird at the refuge…

  • Western Meadowlark

    The western meadowlark uses its pointed bill to probe the ground for insects/Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach

    This brightly colored bird likes to perch on shrubs and fence posts to broadcast its melodic song.

    Learn more about the western meadowlark…