Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus (Wagler, 1829)Reviewable (MD/DCRC)    Synonyms: BRBL.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Aves   >   Order Passeriformes   >   Family Icteridae   >   Genus Euphagus   


A rare visitor from the west that seems to have declined as a vagrant in recent years. It was recently re-added to the MD/DCRC review list.

Here is a summary of records from Bob Ringler:
1960-1969 - 6 records
1970-1979 - 25 (with 13 in 1977-1979)
1980-1989 - 5 (all in 1981-1985)
1990-1999 - 25 (with 11 in 1991-1992)
2000-2009 - 40 (with 10 in 2008)
2010 - 2
2011 - 0
2012 - 0
2013 - 0

Where to find:

Among winter blackbird flocks, especially on the lower Eastern Shore.

There are 26 records in the project database.

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A Brewer's Blackbird in Grayling, Michigan (5/28/2012). Photo by Mark Johnson. (MBP list)

A male Brewer's Blackbird at Apollo Park, California (10/4/2011). Due to the decline in recent records of this species, it was added back to the Maryland review list in early 2012. Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A female Brewer's Blackbird in southern California in March 2004. Dark irises (appearing dark) are a strong supporting feature for female Brewer's Blackbird. Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)(More of this species)

A comparison of male Brewer's Blackbird (above) and Rusty Blackbird (below). View more Smithsonian specimen photos Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Brewer's Blackbird in Baltimore Co., Maryland (2/26/2021). (c) tomfeild, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Tom Feild. (MBP list)

A male Brewer's Blackbird in flight in Salem Co., New Jersey (4/1/2013). Photo by Tom Johnson. (MBP list)

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