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A bird’s motives are sometimes hard to fathom.

Is it breeding or is it feeding; is it feeling aggressive or playful?

The male Red-winged Blackbird wears his feelings on his shoulder.

The positions of his brilliant red epaulets reveal to us and other redwings whether he is looking for a mate or already has one; whether he is on his territory or is feeding socially.

A flash of color, an angle of a shoulder, a thin line of yellow feathers: these things tell us so much.

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