Blackbirds, Orioles, and Meadowlarks of Columbia County, Oregon
Blackbirds, orioles, and meadowlarks are “Icterids”, a family of medium-sized songbirds, many of which frequent grasslands or grassy wetlands. They are notable in that the males are typically black, often with colorful highlights, while the females tend to be a drab brown color. The Horned Lark, despite similarity to a Meadowlark in name and appearance, comes from an unrelated family.
The Rusty Blackbird also visits our area on very rare occasions.