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There’s method in red-winged blackbirds’ mating behavior

Female red-winged blackbirds, which look very different from the males, are well aware of the tricky rules of their society.
Photographer: Bill Danielson
Female red-winged blackbirds, which look very different from the males, are well aware of the tricky rules of their society.
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Last time, I introduced you to Carl, a male red-winged blackbird who lives a life of romance and intrigue — never looking back, never second-guessing himself. You may admire Carl for his method of dealing with the ladies, but you also may see him as a scoundrel. This week we’ll look at the world through the eyes of a female red-winged blackbird. We’ll call her . . . Brooke. What kind of challenges does she face? What ...

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