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red-winged blackbird

[red-wingd] /ˈrɛdˌwɪŋd/
a North American blackbird, Agelaius phoeniceus, the male of which is black with scarlet patches, usually bordered with buff or yellow, on the bend of the wing.
Origin of red-winged blackbird
First recorded in 1770-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And he laughed so merrily that Mr. red-winged blackbird had to believe him.

    The Tale of Bobby Bobolink Arthur Scott Bailey
  • Icterus phœniceus (red-winged blackbird), Umbazookskus River.

    The Maine Woods

    Henry David Thoreau
  • Starling, red-shouldered, or red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phœniceus).

    Locusts and Wild Honey John Burroughs
  • It was no more than a red-winged blackbird that you saw, he said, or perhaps it was a bright tanager.

    Boys and Girls of Colonial Days Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
  • Two interesting birds of this family are the red-winged blackbird and the cow-blackbird or cowbird.

    The Children's Book of Birds Olive Thorne Miller
  • Nowadays when the red-winged blackbird comes around the house, he still shouts, Ku nam wi cu, so they say.

  • One contained a red-winged blackbird, that had been taken from its nest when very young, and brought up by hand.

  • Two of the eggs were marked with black hieroglyphics like those seen in the eggs of an oriole or red-winged blackbird.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • A red-winged blackbird bulky as an eagle trumpeted a swamp-secret to her as he passed.

    The Sick-a-Bed Lady

    Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • He stalked a red-winged blackbird that was swaying on a reed, sprang—and lashed his tail in anger when the bird escaped him.

    Swamp Cat James Arthur Kjelgaard

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