Scarlet-headed Blackbird Amblyramphus holosericeus


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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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

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