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Amblyramphus holosericeus

Scarlet-headed Blackbird

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Icteridae
  • Monotypic


Amblyramphus holosericeus

Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil; 12 December 2006 © Arthur Grosset

The Scarlet-headed Blackbird is a striking and beautiful resident of reedbeds in northeastern Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and southeast Brazil, with a disjunct population in Bolivia. The head coloration of both sexes of this species seems to glow, and truly is one of the more spectacular sights of temperate South American marshes: it even impressed Theodore Roosevelt during his travels through the Brazilian Parana. Scarlet-headed Blackbirds sing from an emergent reed, where the loud, clear song can be heard. Scarlet-headed Blackbirds are generally uncommon throughout their range.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Scarlet-headed Blackbird (Amblyramphus holosericeus), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map provided by Robert S. Ridgely.

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  • Primary Habitat:Freshwater marshes
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  • IUCN Status:Least Concern