Yellow-hooded Blackbird

Yellow-hooded Blackbird

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The Yellow-hooded Blackbird (Chrysomus icterocephalus) is a species of bird in the Icteridae family. Yellow-hooded Blackbird lives in northern South America, Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela, the Guianas, along the sides of the Amazon River and to Peru. It is also found in Trinidad and Tobago.

Yellow-hooded Blackbird lives and nests in swampy areas. It is common in freshwater marshes, rice fields and flooded wetlands. They need emergent aquatic vegetation for nesting. This species is largely sedentary in its range. Some populations can perform seasonal movements, according to the dry or wet season, giving them the flooded and wet areas they need.

Yellow-hooded Blackbird is gregarious all year round and usually seen in small groups. During breeding season, they feed in cultivated areas close to the marshes where they nest. Outside breeding season, they forage in pastures and cultivated areas. However, they roost in marshes all year round.

Yellow-hooded Blackbird feeds mainly on insects and gives this kind of food to its nestlings.