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11 Types of Black Birds in Connecticut (With Pictures)

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Whether you’re interested in getting into bird watching or are just trying to identify a bird that you’ve already seen, this guide will walk you through all the different black bird species in Connecticut.

You’ll get information on how to identify each one and even the time of year that you can expect to see them in the Constitution State!

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Top 11 Types of Black Birds in Connecticut:

1. European Starling

european starling bird on a bench
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Scientific Name Sternus vulgaris
Population 200 million
Weight 2.5 to 3.5 ounces
Wingspan 12 to 17 inches
Time in Connecticut Year-round

The European starling is an invasive species in Connecticut and in the rest of the states. You can find these birds year-round throughout the continental United States, and as they have few natural predators, it’s unlikely that their population numbers will dip anytime soon.

Moreover, these birds typically stick together and swarm. Between that and their tendency to drive away local birds, the European starling is viewed as a pest by most birdwatchers.

2. Red-Winged Blackbird

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Scientific Name Agelaius phoeniceus
Population 210 million
Weight 1.1 to 2.7 ounces
Wingspan 12.2 to 15.8 inches
Time in Connecticut Year-round

If you take out the European starling, the most populous black bird in Connecticut is the red-winged blackbird. Their population numbers exceed 210 million, and you can find them year-round in Connecticut.

Despite their name, the red-winged blackbird doesn’t actually have red wings, just red shoulders. The rest of the wing matches their body, which is a stark black coloring.

3. Common Grackle

common grackle on the rock
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Scientific Name Quiscalus quiscula
Population 67 million
Weight 2.6 to 5 ounces
Wingspan 14.2 to 18.1 inches
Time in Connecticut Year-round

While female common grackles have a stark all-black appearance, you might not consider the males as “black birds.” They do have black on their bodies, but it pairs with blue and purple, and their head is a stark blue too.

You can find grackles year-round in Connecticut. During the warmer months, they’ll fly even farther north into parts of Canada for the breeding season.

4. Brown-Headed Cowbird

Brown-Headed Cowbird on the ground
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Scientific Name Molothrus ater
Population 56 million
Weight 1.5 to 1.8 ounces
Wingspan 14.2 inches
Time in Connecticut Year-round

While not every brown-headed cowbird has a black appearance, some males do have black feathering. For the most part, though, these birds look more brown or blue than black. Another interesting fact about the brown-headed cowbird is that they don’t have their own nests.

Instead, the females look for the nests of other birds and quickly drop their eggs there when the other bird isn’t looking. The other bird will raise the chicks as their own.

5. Baltimore Oriole

baltimore oriole close up
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Scientific Name Icterus galbula
Population 6 million
Weight 1.1 to 1.4 ounces
Wingspan 9.1 to 11.8 inches
Time in Connecticut Breeding season

The Baltimore oriole isn’t exactly what most people think of when they think of a black bird, but there’s no denying that they have black coloring, which contrasts sharply with their orange feathers.

You can only find the Baltimore oriole in Connecticut during the breeding season, and you’ll need to put out nectar if you want to attract them to your yard.

6. Rusty Blackbird

female Rusty Blackbird on the ground
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Scientific Name Euphagus carolinus
Population 5 million
Weight 1.7 to 2.8 ounces
Wingspan 14.6 inches
Time in Connecticut Nonbreeding season

The rusty blackbird is a bird where only one of the sexes has a black appearance, the male. Males are all black from beak to tail, while females have much brown throughout their bodies.

The rusty blackbird gets their name from adolescent or non-breeding males. They have a bit of black in their coloring, but there are patches of brown, giving them a “rusty” appearance.

7. Bobolink

Bobolink perched on fence
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Scientific Name Dolichonyx oryzivorus
Population 11 million
Weight 1 to 2 ounces
Wingspan 10.6 inches
Time in Connecticut Migration and breeding

If you spot a male bobolink, you’re in for a real treat. They have plenty of black throughout their body and wings, and the flecks of white contrast nicely with the darker color. They also have a patch on the back of their head where there’s no black at all, which adds to the overall beautiful appearance of the bird. Females have a yellower appearance, with some brown throughout their bodies.

8. Orchard Oriole

Orchard oriole
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Scientific Name Icterus spurius
Population 12 million
Weight 0.6 to 1 ounce
Wingspan 9.8 inches
Time in Connecticut Breeding season

The orchard oriole is an oriole bird that you can find in Connecticut during the warmer breeding season. They have a similar diet to the Baltimore oriole, so if you’re trying to attract an orchard oriole to your yard, putting out a nectar feeder is a great start.

They have a bit more orange in their body than the Baltimore oriole, but they have plenty of black along their heads and wings.

9. Eastern Meadowlark

male Eastern Meadowlark perched
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Scientific Name Sturnella magna
Population 37 million
Weight 3.2 to 5.3 ounces
Wingspan 13.8 to 15.8 ounces
Time in Connecticut Year-round

Of all the birds on this list, the eastern meadowlark is the bird with the least amount of black in its appearance. There are black feathers, but there are more yellow and white ones, and the bright yellow feathers really stand out.

You can find the eastern meadowlark in Connecticut year-round. Also, while many people confuse the eastern and western meadowlarks due to their similar appearance, you can’t find the western meadowlark in Connecticut.

10. Boat-Tailed Grackle

Boat-tailed grackle
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Scientific Name Quiscalus major
Population 8.2 million
Weight 3.3 to 8.4 ounces
Wingspan 15.3 to 19.7 inches
Time in Connecticut Year-round

Finding a boat-tailed grackle in Connecticut isn’t always the easiest task, but if you spot a male, it’s a bird that you’ll remember. They have a simple all-black appearance, but their tails are incredibly long.

While they live year-round in Connecticut, it’s on the northern fringe of their territory, so you’ll only see them along the coastline.

11. American Crow

American Kestrel
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Scientific Name Corvus brachyrhynchos
Population 31 million
Weight 11.2 to 21.9 ounces
Wingspan 33.5 to 39.4 inches
Time in Connecticut Year-round

The American crow lives year-round in just about all the continental United States. They’re also extremely intelligent and thrive in human-made environments.

You can often see these birds in cities and crowded suburbs, and they love to hang around local parks.

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Final Thoughts

Now that you know more about the different types of black birds that you can find in Connecticut, all that’s left is for you to head out and start birdwatching!

There are plenty of options out there, and while you’re out looking for black birds, there’s a good chance that you’ll see birds of all different colors too.

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About the Author Robert Sparks

Robert’s obsession with all things optical started early in life, when his optician father would bring home prototypes for Robert to play with. Nowadays, Robert is dedicated to helping others find the right optics for their needs. His hobbies include astronomy, astrophysics, and model building. Originally from Newark, NJ, he resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where the nighttime skies are filled with glittering stars.