Brewer's Blackbird, Euphagus cyanocephalus
Do not mix the Brewer's Blackbird up with the
European starling. Although the brewers blackbird can be a pest it is
does not compare to the ecological damage done by that other aggressive
non-native species. See the western bluebird page. The European
starling has a much shorter tail and is more often seen in a tree than
on the ground.
How to attract the Brewer's Blackbird to your
The Brewer's blackbird is attracted to most
common landscapes and is quite happy in over watered lawns. It is one
of those rare species that is able to take advantage of urbanization.
Habitat/ Plant community of the Brewer's
The Brewer's Blackbird has adapted well to urban
habitats. They especially like the large expanses of lawn and parking
lots with lots of dropped scraps. They can often be seen perching on
power lines in mass. It is quite disconcerting, bringing to mind the
Alfred Hitchcock movie The Birds.
Nesting habitat Brewer's
The Brewer's blackbird nests in a great variety
of habitats. They nest on the ground, in dense foliage, and in trees or
Range of the Brewer's Blackbird
The Brewer's blackbird is found throughout
California avoiding high elevations only in the winter.
Diet of the
In spring and summer the Brewer's blackbird
feeds on arthropods, including spiders, insects, snails and
crustaceans. In the winter and fall they feed mainly on seeds. They
prefer to feed on the ground and use mostly moist or wet areas.
Migration of the Brewer's Blackbird
The Brewer's blackbird is not migratory but they
do move around searching out new and more plentiful sources of food.
They move into the Sierra Nevada range and the Cascades as the weather
warms in these areas.