Brewer's Blackbird

Scientific Name: Euphagus cyanocephalus

Pictures: (click for larger images)

A male Brewer's Blackbird, near the UCLA Medical Plaza on Westwood Blvd.   9/14/05
A female Brewer's Blackbird, near the UCLA Medical Plaza on Westwood Blvd.  9/14/05
A male Brewer's Blackbird.  Half in the shadows, but oh well.  He was in a tree at the Campus Corner Eatery. 7/14/04

A female Brewer's Blackbird spars with a male House Sparrow for a bit of tortilla at Campus Corner!  Let's get ready to rrrrrumble!  This was back when taco Bell was still there.

Two female Brewer's Blackbirds... okay, I don't know what the hell they're doing.  Bathing themselves in the dirt, apparently, but it looked like they were just freaking out.  I watched them long enough to determine they were okay.  Weird birds.
A group of Brewer's Blackbirds: three females and one male.  Check out the female in mid-leap (click for larger pic).  This was somewhere in Westwood Village.  2/23/04

-Photos by Jason Finley

Description: Medium. 9" in length (beak to tail), smaller than a pigeon.  Male is solid black with brigt yellow/green eyes and slightly iridescent head.  Female is grayish brown all over, with dark eyes.

Sound: Listen to a Brewer's Blackbird singing and calling!  Link is to the sound page for this bird from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's All About Birds.

Commonality/Seasonality: Very common, year-round.

Location: All over campus.  They can especially be seen daily at the Campus Corner eatery (formerly Taco Bell, now Shorty's Subs & Athena's Greek) and on the grassy lawns along Le Conte.

Notes: You will typically see at least several together, including males and females, and can often spot mates.  During Spring you can see the male do his courting display.


The Blackbirds are such businesslike workmen.  They go about their lawn workers' patrol so cheerfully and move aside for hurrying humans with only a mild-mannered "chuck" or two - then come right back, or else take it up again a few feet away.  I'm sure the Blackbirds will always be with us - and right welcome, too.

-Miller, Loye.  "Birds of the Campus, University of California, Los Angeles," from University of California Syllabus Series, No. 300.  Text by Loye Miller, illustrations by Robert C. Stebbins.  Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1947.



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