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Papago Park, Tempe, Arizona
Moeur Park, Papago Park, Tempe, Arizona
Red-winged Blackbird

Food + Water Requirements:
Red-winged Blackbirds feed by probing at the bases of aquatic
plants with their slender bills, prying them open to get at insects inside.

(male Red-winged Blackbird)
(female Red-winged Blackbird)
Breeding and Nesting - Site and Requirements

Nest Description:
Females build the nests by winding stringy plant material around several close, upright stems and weaving in a platform of coarse, wet vegetation. Around and over this she adds more wet leaves and decayed wood, plastering the inside with mud to make a cup. Finally, she lines the cup with fine, dry grasses. When finished the nest is 4 to 7 inches across and 3 to 7 inches deep.

Nest Placement:
Red-winged Blackbirds build their nests low among vertical shoots of marsh vegetation, shrubs, or trees. Females choose the nest site with some input from the male. Typically, she puts the nest near the ground (or water surface in a marsh), in dense, grass-like vegetation such as cattails, bulrushes, sedges, and Phragmites in wetlands; goldenrod, blackberry, or willow and alder trees in uplands; and wheat, barley, alfalfa, and rice plants.

(female Red-winged Blackbird)
Conceptual image.

Blue = water
Green = earth
Grey = paving
Conceptual image.

Blue = water
Green = earth
Grey = paving
Conceptual image.

Blue = water
Green = earth
Grey = paving
Conceptual image.

Blue = water
Green = earth
Grey = paving
View walking towards the viewing space from the West.
View walking towards the viewing space.
Section through viewing space.
View from inside the viewing space.
View from inside the viewing pavilion looking at the Red-Winged Blackbird habitat.
Section through viewing space.
Fall 2013 | Red-winged Blackbird Habitat