Photos and information by Charly Mann
Female Red-Winged Blackbird saying, "I'm Queen of the marsh".
The Red-Winged Blackbird is often found in Oklahoma around marshes and wetlands. The male is ultra-black with a red shoulder patch that is bordered by yellow on the bottom. The females bare no resemblablance to the male and look more like a large sparrow. They are heavily streaked on their chests and are smaller than males. Males are usually about 9 ½ inches long, while females are about 7. Like most wild birds they rarely live more than two years, but some have lived as long as 15 years.
Red-Winged Blackbirds are one of the most polygamous birds in the world, and each male usually has between 5 to 15 females in their territory who they defend and mate with. The red-winged blackbird is also very talkative and has calls, songs, chirps, and whistles that have the following meanings; "This is my piece of the marsh", "Hey, look! Food!", “Be alert there may be danger near”, "Go build your nest somewhere else”, “Hello Sweetie!", and females can say "I'm queen of the marsh!"