Red-breasted Blackbird (Sturnella militaris)

Order: Passeriformes Family: Icteridae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

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Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Iquitos, Loreto

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Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Iquitos, Loreto

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Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Southern Brazil

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Age: Adult | Sex: Males | Loc. E Colombia| S Brazil


Identification & Behavior: ~19 cm (7.4 in). The male Red-breasted Blackbird is black with red throat, breast, upper belly and shoulders. The iris is dark. The female is brown with mottled upperparts and a broad pale superciliary. Both sexes are very similar to both male and female White-browed Blackbird but males are distinguished by not having the white superciliary. The young and males in fresh plumage may show a vestigial buff flecked superciliary. The females are very similar and field identification may be very difficult.

Status: The Red-breasted Blackbird is uncommon and local in open and semi-open habitats along rivers as well as agricultural land in Amazonia. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Pecho Colorado Grande.

Sub-species: Red-breasted Blackbird (Sturnella militaris), (Linnaeus), 1758.

Meaning of Name: Sturnella: L. Sturnus= Starling and ella= small. Little. Little starling. militaris: L. militaris military, martial, soldier.

See more of the Family Icteridae   peru aves

Distribution Map
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References:

    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 03/01/2016.