Family New World Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Least Concern

Scarlet-headed Blackbird (Amblyramphus holosericeus)


Taxonomy

French: Carouge à tête rouge German: Rotkopfstärling Spanish: Federal
Taxonomy:

Xanthornus (holosericeus

) Scopoli

, 1786,

Panay island, Philippines; error = the Paraná River Delta, Argentina

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

NE Bolivia (Beni and Santa Cruz), most of Paraguay, and S Brazil (S from S Mato Grosso, São Paulo and Santa Catarina) S to NW & E Argentina (N Salta, Córdoba, and E Chaco S to Buenos Aires) and Uruguay.

Descriptive notes

Male average 25 cm, 86 g; female average 22·5 cm, 75 g. Distinctive red-and-black icterid with sharply pointed, chisel-shaped bill, which sometimes appears slightly upturned... read more

Voice

Song (in sexual display) variable, may include rattles or a nasal buzz. Characteristic contact call... read more

Habitat

Tropical to warm-temperate marshes with abundant, tall herbaceous vegetation, particularly with... read more

Food and feeding

Diet mostly insects, and reported also as eating small frogs; may feed on cultivated maize (Zea mays) or sorghum seeds in non-... read more

Breeding

Season Oct–Dec in C Argentina, extending to Feb/Mar in N Argentina. Solitary nester. Apparently monogamous and strongly territorial.... read more

Movements

Apparently resident in permanent wetlands, such as Esteros del Iberá, in Corrientes (Argentina).... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Categorized as “vulnerable” in Argentina. Uncommon to locally fairly common. As breeding territories large, this icterid does not occur at high... read more

Recommended citation

Fraga, R. (2019). Scarlet-headed Blackbird (Amblyramphus holosericeus). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/62309 on 25 April 2019).