Yellow-hooded Blackbird - Chrysomus icterocephalus

Length 7.0-7.2 in (17.8-18.4 cm)
Weight M: 1.3 oz (35.9 g), F: 0.9 oz (26.8 g)
Clutch Size 2-4
Chicks at birth Altricial
IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

The Yellow-hooded Blackbird is found in northern South America. They are sexually dimorphic and resemble the North American Yellow-headed Blackbird. The male is all black except for the head and breast which is yellow. The bill, lores, eyes are also black. The female is a combination of yellow (throat & parts of the face) and shades of olive brown. Her bill is silvery gray.

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Diet: They eat insects.

Courtship: Yellow-hooded Blackbirds will gather in small flocks. Males will mate with more than one female and builds a nest for each mate.

Nesting: The nest is cup shaped and 2-3 eggs are laid. Nesting is semi-colonially.

Habitat and Range: Yellow-hooded Blackbirds are found in grassy and bushy areas near water. They rarely stray far from water and will hop on floating vegetation. They are found from Colombia and Venezuela to Amazonia.

Vocalization: Song is wheezy and unmusical.

Plumage/Molt They do not have an alternate plumage.

Migration: They are non-migratory.

Tongue/feet: Tongue is thin. Feet and legs are grayish-black.


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