Blackbirds, Orioles, Meadowlarks, and Allies
Seasons in KC area based on information from "The Sibley Guide to Birds" (2000) and "Birds of Kansas" (2011)
Red-winged Blackbird Red-winged Blackbird female
Red-winged Blackbird
- KC area year-round
Yellow-headed Blackbird Brown-headed Cowbird 4_10_2010
Yellow-headed Blackbird - KC area during Sp & F migration
Brown-headed Cowbird - KC area year-round
Photo by Sarah Ellis
Bronzed Cowbird at Amado WTP 1_15_2015  
Bronzed Cowbird (south) - not in KC area
Orchard Oriole Orchard Oriole female Heritage Park 5_23_2014
Orchard Oriole
- KC area May to September
Orchard Oriole 1st summer Hertiage Park 5_31_2014 Baltimore Oriole male Cedar Lake 6_4_2014
Orchard Oriole - first summer
Baltimore Oriole - KC area April to September
Altimira Oriole Hooded Oriole
Altimira Oriole (south Texas) - not in KC area
Hooded Oriole (southwest) -not in KC area
Scott's Oriole AZ 1_7_2012 Troupial
Scott's Oriole (southwest) - not in KC area
Troupial (Puerto Rico) - not in KC area
Western Meadowlark Eastern Meadowlark 207th 4_16_2015
Western Meadowlark - KC area in winter, uncommon
Eastern Meadowlark - KC area year-round
Note yellow malar (area adjacent to beak below eye)
Note white malar
Common Grackle South Lake 4_21_2010 Great-tailed Grackle Bolivar Peninsula 3_19_2014
Common Grackle - KC area year-round
Great-tailed Grackle - KC area year-round (uncommon)
Page added 6/10/2011 (latest rev 4/16/2015 Eastern Meadowlark better pic)