On Apr 16, 2015, maccionoadha from Halifax, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:
The adult male has black plumage, which in good light, has a bluish sheen on the head, changing to greenish on the body. The adult female has reddish brown plumage, darker on wings and tail. Her tail is somewhat shorter than in the male. The juveniles look like the adult female, but their color is duller.
The length of the Males is 16-17" (41-43 cm) and the Females are 12-13" (30-33 cm).
They are a locally common resident in coastal wetlands; mostly sedentary, but harsh winter weather does force some northern birds to move south. Within viewing range, their distinctive tails are easy to see. They range from Florida, Texas, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and Northeast
Their song is a mixture of strange dry rattles, hisses, and grating chatters. Their c... read more