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Yellow-headed Blackbird Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus


Category D and E

Native Range

North America. Breeds in much of central and western United States and Canada and winters further south into central America.

British Occurence

Male, Leighton Moss, Lancashire, 4-10 August 1944; male, Seaton Burn, Northumberland, 17 July to 14 August 1965; male, Sandbach Flashes, Cheshire, 20 September 1970 male, Unst and Yell, Shetland, 12-13 May 1987: male. Fair Isle, Shetland. 26-30 April 1990. Correct identification was accepted but the likelihood of transatlantic vagrancy is considered unlikely and the species is kept in captivity here and on the continent. However the Shetland bird was considered a possible genuine vagrant and so the species is placed in category D as well as E.

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