A species of the Icteridae family, The Yellow-hooded Blackbird (Chrysomus icterocephalus) is found in grassy and brush areas near water in Northern South America. Yellow-hooded Blackbird performs beautiful flight displays, with stunningly fluttering wings, astonishing aviary owners worldwide. Adding reeds to their habitat will make them feel at home and will provide added enjoyment for any avian enthusiast. These intriguing and exotic yellow headed finch birds are not recommended for co-habitating with small finches but can be housed with the Tropical Mockingbird or other birds of same size.
Geography: Yellow-hooded Blackbird lives in northern South America, Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela, the Guianas, along the sides of the Amazon River and to Peru. It is also found in Trinidad and Tobago.
Song / Call: Click to hear the Yellow-hooded Blackbird
Size / Weight: 6.2-7″
Sexing: Dimorphic (easily to visually determine gender)
Temperament: Yellow-hooded Blackbird is gregarious all year round and usually seen in small groups. As an insect eater, the Yellow-headed Blackbird may benefit humans by eating potentially harmful (or painful) insects such as crop-eating grasshoppers.
Breeding: As in other Icterids, males may mate with several females. This species is unusual, however, because the nest used by each female must be constructed by the male. Breeding season varies according to the region. Yellow-hooded Blackbird needs marshes with emergent vegetation. Breeding period depends on this vegetation. Male builds the cup-shaped nest with aquatic plants. This nest is anchored to several stalks or reeds of the marsh vegetation, at about 50 cm above water.
Lifespan: 12 years
Diet: Consists mainly of insects, Australian Blend Goldenfeast.