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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  1. Mia McPherson September 21, 2012 at 7:21 pm

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

  2. Susan September 20, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Beautiful bird and wonderful image:)

  3. Stu September 20, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Great shot. Never knew these existed till now 😉

  4. Karen Bonsell September 20, 2012 at 10:49 am

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

  5. Laurence Butler September 20, 2012 at 7:29 am

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

  6. Bob Bushell September 20, 2012 at 5:39 am

    A serious bird, great species.

  7. Dan Huber September 20, 2012 at 4:02 am

    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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