Scarlet-headed Blackbirds

Icterids

Scarlet-headed Blackbird, Amblyramphus holosericeus


Scarlet-headed Blackbird, Amblyramphus holosericeus The Scarlet-headed Blackbird, Amblyramphus holosericeus, is an icterid bird of southern South American wetlands.

Scarlet-headed Blackbirds occur in pairs in large reed beds in southern Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and northeastern Argentina; Bolivia has an isolated population at altitudes up to about 600 m. They often perch conspicuously on top of a stem.

They are uncommon, particularly away from the coast.


Description:

This species is about 24 cm long. The bill is oddly shaped: long, slender, and very sharp, looking almost upturned.

Adults of both sexes are described by their name.

Juveniles have entirely black plumage; orange-red feathers first appear on their breast and throat, later spreading to the neck, head, and thighs.


Song / Vocalization:

The song is given as "loud, clear, and melodic, a ringing 'cleer-cleer-clur, clulululu'." Calls are simpler but have a similar quality.

Scarlet-headed Blackbird, Amblyramphus holosericeus


Scarlet-headed Blackbird, Amblyramphus holosericeus Diet / Feeding:

They eat mainly fruit, supplementing it with seeds and invertebrates, especially insects. They use their bill as a hammer to open food items.


Breeding / Nesting:

Scarlet-headed Blackbirds are monogamous, and territories are grouped together. The nest is an open cup placed in the crotch of a shrub or woven into vegetation, in which they lay two eggs.


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