Order Passeriformes

Family Icteridae

New World Blackbirds
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  • Smallish to large passerines with pointed bill, plumage mostly dark, often glossy, many species with bright patches of colour, some richly coloured.
  • New World.
  • Forest, mixed woodland, scrub, grassland and agricultural areas, marshes, rocky cliffs and suburban environments.
  • 16-53 cm.
  • 31 genera, 111 species, 260 taxa.
  • 14 species threatened;
    1 species and 1 subspecies extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Fraga, R. & Bonan, A. (2017). New World Blackbirds (Icteridae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/52383 on 27 March 2017).