Female Yellow-headed Blackbird

Female Yellow-headed BlackbirdFemale Yellow-headed Blackbird – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/3200, ISO 640, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

Male Yellow-headed Blackbirds (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) are flashy birds but I believe the females have a subtle beauty too.

I photographed this female perched on a Rabbitbrush on the shoreline of the Great Salt Lake. Her yellow might not be as bright as a male’s but the yellow tones she has are rich and combined very nicely with the cocoa brown of the rest of her plumage.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. Thank you Susan, Stu, Karen, Laurence, Bob and Dan. All of your comments are appreciated.

  2. Beautiful bird and wonderful image:)

  3. Great shot. Never knew these existed till now ;)

  4. Beautiful shot! I saw a small flock of these when we stopped by Antelope Island last summer!

  5. Reminds me of a Reese’s candy, but much prettier and noisier! : )

  6. A serious bird, great species.

  7. Gorgeous bird. Never seen either male or female other than your shots, love the colors on the female. Great capture Mia

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