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Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Icteridae


Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus (Bonaparte 1826)—Yellow-headed BlackbirdPleistocene regional distribution of Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus

Louie Fuertes image of Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus

Yellow-headed Blackbirds generally are associated with aquatic areas with thick emergent vegetation. They currently summer largely in the northern part of our region, but occur region-wide in migration and some winter in the southern portions of the area.

A male and female Yellow-headed Blackbird. Painting by Louis Agasszi Fuertes (after Henshaw, 1921).


Rancholabrean: Cool Water Coal Gasification Solid Waste Site (Jefferson 1991a: cf.).

Wisconsin: Carpinteria (Guthrie 2009).

Mid Wisconsin: U-Bar Cave (Harris 1987: ? gen. et sp.).

Mid/Late Wisconsin: Dark Canyon Cave (Harris 1993c: ? gen. et sp.); Rancho La Brea (Stock and Harris 1992).

Late Wisconsin: Camel Room (Harris 1993c: ? gen. et sp.).

Late Wisconsin/Holocene: Burnet Cave (Wetmore 1932).

Literature. Guthrie 2009; Harris 1987, 1993c; Henshaw 1921; Jefferson 1991a; Stock and Harris 1992; Wetmore 1932.


Last Update: 25 Feb 2014