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Photo © by THE_FERN
"Cuba Rail" birdwatching area, Zapata swamp, Cuba, 12 April 2024
Agelaius assimilis


Photo © by THE_FERN
"Cuba Rail" birdwatching area, Zapata swamp, Cuba, 12 April 2024

Male is indistinguishable from North American Red-winged Blackbird and this species was included as a subspecies of that taxon for many years. Females differ: that of Red-shouldered is all black.


Endemic to Caribbean (West Indies): found in Greater Antilles, Cuba



This is a polytypic species[1], consisting of two subspecies[1]

  • A. a. assimilis:
  • A. a. subniger:
  • Isle of Pines




  1. Clements, J. F., P. C. Rasmussen, T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, A. Spencer, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2023. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2023. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase

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