The Feather Files
Name: Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus
Alias: Yellow-headed Blackbird
Migration: Populations that breed in the Canadian prairies migrate southeast and then due south across the United States to wintering grounds in the Southwest and throughout Mexico. They form large flocks of thousands of birds that forage in crop fields, ranchlands, and farmyards from Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas through much of Mexico.
Date Seen: May 3, 2018
Location: Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Utah
The female chooses a nest site within a male’s territory. The nest always overhangs shallow water in wetlands, marshes, ponds and rivers.