Brewer’s Blackbird male displaying

Brewer's Blackbird male displayingBrewer’s Blackbird male displaying – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 500, -0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

A simple post this morning of a Brewer’s Blackbird male displaying that I photographed on a bright day in May out on Antelope Island State Park. Contrary to the name “blackbird” Brewer’s Blackbird males can be quite colorful with the right angle of light which will show iridescent hues of blues, teals, greens and purples in the plumage. I don’t find the call of the male Brewer’s Blackbird all that appealing but I am certain it does the trick for female Brewer’s.



  1. Metis Birding May 15, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Stunning, especially with that piercing eye! Hope this handsome fellow found a mate!

  2. Lois Bryan May 15, 2014 at 6:53 am

    He is a beauty and I so agree about his beautiful plumage. And love that wild light eye!!!! Oddly, I saw and photographed a beauty up in Ontario a few years ago, and according to Cornel’s map, he wasn’t supposed to be there. Maybe he’s got a kissin’ cousin that is almost identical … ?? Anywho … great capture as always, Mia!!! I so enjoy starting my day with your images!!!

    • Utahbooklover May 16, 2014 at 1:18 am

      I agree with your comments about the striking plumage and eye. My Kaufman guide shows the summer range extending into Canada but scarce around the Great Lakes, and as climate changes I think we can expect to see more changes in the range maps.

  3. Montanagirl May 15, 2014 at 6:41 am

    Striking fellow with a squeaky voice!

Comments are closed.