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 Yellow-headed Blackbird

Status in Michigan
Uncommon Transient summer resident

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Note: Early and Late Dates are being researched.
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Count totals in the NMB Databases for Yellow-headed Blackbird.

Use the links below to view the Yellow-headed Blackbird reports in the respective databases.
If there are zero sightings for a particular season, that database will return no results.

Active Database - Spring 2005
View Yellow-headed Blackbird sightings.
Yellow-headed Blackbird Archives Reports
Fall 2003 0
Spring 2003 22
Winter 02-03 2
Fall 2002 2
Summer 2002 5
Spring 2002 32
Winter 01-02 0
Fall 2001 3
Summer 2001 2
Spring 2001 21
Winter 00-01 0
Fall 2000 0
Summer 2000 6
Spring 2000 14
Winter 00-99 0
Fall 1999 23
Spring/Summer 1999 10

NMB Database
Seasonal Percentage Graph
For: Yellow-headed Blackbird

Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
Active Database - Fall 2003
View Fall 2003 sightings.
Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Official Seasonal Count Summaries for the Yellow-headed Blackbird
Fall 1999-Spring 2002
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Note: Some species will not be present in the WPBO archives and will return no records.

Search "The Birds of Michigan" text.

Home - Foreword - Preface - Introduction - Hypothetical List - Literature Cited

Historical Text
The Birds of Michigan - by: Norman A. Wood
Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, No. 75

Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus (Bonaparte)
Yellow-headed Blackbird

Rare straggler.

There are 2 specimens and several sight records for Michigan. E. E. Brewster collected a specimen at Iron Mountain, Dickinson County, on May 17,2023 (Warren, 1895: 191; see also Warren, 1898: 193, where the statement that several were collected in Marquette County is retracted). Miller Empey took the second specimen on Lone Tree Island, Huron County, on June 2,1935. L. W. Campbell (1940: 157) reported 2 Yellow-headed Black- birds seen by Mr. and Mrs. E. Weaver and J. J. Stophlet at the Erie marsh, Monroe County, on April 29, 1934. One was seen at Higgins Lake, Missaukee County, by Mrs. Edwin G-. Boyes on June 1, 1941, another at Portage Lake, Manistee County, by W. J. Howard in mid-May, 1933, and 2 near Bruce Crossing, Ontonagon County, by Leonard Wing (1940: 192-93) on August 24, 1931.

Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, No. 75
The Birds of Michigan
By: Norman A. Wood
University of Michigan Press
August 28, 2023

Digitized by: Keith F. Saylor
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