From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
American blackbirds
Red-winged blackbird.jpg
Male red-winged blackbird
(Agelaius phoeniceus)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Icteridae
Genus: Agelaius
Vieillot, 1816

see text

Agelaius is a genus of blackbirds in the New World family Icteridae.

This genus includes five species of largely insectivorous grassland birds. The males are typically black with some colorful patches, such as on the shoulders or head. Females are drab and somewhat resemble American sparrows.

The genus Agelaius contains: