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A yellow headed blackbird collects bugs on a Becker County lawn. DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham

Yellow headed blackbird has reason for his poses

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The yellow-headed blackbird is a kind of poseur, taking on different roles as circumstances warrant. He can be submissive or aggressive. He can be elegant and patrician. Or he can be raucous and rowdy.

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But of course these roles are natural to him; he isn’t pretending to be something he is not. Instead, he is competing for reproductive advantage, so these roles are vital in his daily life, which is spent largely in overgrown marshes on the Great Plains.

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