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Tricolored Blackbird

Agelaius tricolor

Other than some populations in Baja California, this is truly a California specialty, save for a few birds that inch into Oregon on the Klamath Basin. Once found in overwhelming numbers in San Diego, now only a few small pockets of colonies exist in the county. When the dairy industry thrived in San Diego County in the early to mid twentieth century, so did these birds. When land prices increased and the demands on the land from a burgeoning human population pushed out the dairies. these birds lost the prime real estate they’d been depending on.

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