January 27, 2017 – Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus)
Found in the eastern United States and much of Canada, these blackbirds frequent swamps and wet forests. They eat mostly invertebrates during the summer and acorns, fruits, and seeds in the winter, often foraging in flocks on the ground. Females build bowl-shaped nests in trees or shrubs near water from twigs, grass, lichen, and decaying plant materials and incubate the eggs alone. Both parents care for the chicks, which leave the nest around two weeks after they hatch.
This bird is part of my yearly tradition of drawing closely related blackbird species on the anniversary of my first bird. Here are the others, if you’d like to see the whole group: Male Brewer’s Blackbird, Female Brewer’s Blackbird, Male Rusty Blackbird