Yellow-headed Blackbird



INTRODUCTION:

Hello there! I can't wait to introduce you to my friend the yellow headed blackbird! This blackbird is similar to other blackbirds, except this one has a yellow head. The Yellow Headed Blackbird lives in the western part of North America. It prefers to build its home near marshes with a nest made out of cattails. These birds like to stay in colonies. Females lay on their eggs for twelve days until they hatch, then they leave the nest after nine days. The yellow headed blackbird  is a song bird that sounds like a rusty hinge.

















WHO AM I? 

I may look like any other blackbird, but my head is yellow and I like to build my home near the water! When I call out my voice sounds like a rusty old hinge. I’m not a picky eater at all! I will eat anything from bugs to seeds I find on the ground. I’m a Yellow-Headed Blackbird! 


WHERE DO I LIVE? 

I live in the western part of North America. My home can be Canada, the United States, and Mexico. I can be found mostly in prairie areas with marshes. I like to build my nest in marshes where there are a lot of cattails. 



WHAT DO I EAT?

During the spring and summer I like to eat all kinds of bugs. During the rest of the year you can find me eating seeds and grains.


HOW DO I LOOK?

 I am a large black songbird that has a

yellow head and chest. I also have a black stripe between my eyes.


HOW DO I REPRODUCE?

 Before I lay my eggs I build a bulky nest made out of plants that grow in the water. Once I lay my eggs I sit on top of them for about twelve days until they hatch. Once my eggs hatch my babies stay in the nest for about nine to twelve days before they leave. 


Want some fun facts about me?

I breed in colonies.I like to share my colony with the Red-Winged Blackbird. When I want to attract a mate I will puff all of my feathers up.













ACTIVITIES:

Activities are located as attachments at the bottom of the page.

Kindergarten and First grade can complete the coloring page.

Second and Third grade can complete the crossword puzzle.



WHERE CAN YOU FIND INFORMATION ABOUT ME?
  • http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Yellow-headed_Blackbird/lifehistory
    • This website covers everything you need to know about the yellow headed blackbird from facts about it to what it sounds like to a map of where it lives! This site is divided into different categories including habitat, food, nesting, behavior, and conservation. Text is large for young readers and the site is easy to navigate.
  • http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/531/overview/Yellow-headed_Blackbird.aspx
    • This website gives an overview of the yellow headed blackbird. You can listen to what it sounds like, and there is a large section for interesting facts. There are also links about similar birds in case users want to learn more information about birds similar to the yellow headed blackbird. 
  • http://www.kidzone.ws/animals/birds/yellow-headed-blackbird.htm
    • This website is a child-friendly information site about the yellow headed blackbird. It is designed to cater to children with its large font and simple information. Not only does this site give children information about the blackbird, but there are also links for children to complete crafts and activities if they would like to. 

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Brittany Hill,
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Brittany Hill,
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