Ecology and Management of Blackbirds (Icteridae) in North America

1st Edition

George M. Linz, Michael L. Avery, Richard A. Dolbeer

CRC Press
Published June 12, 2017
Reference - 240 Pages - 35 Color & 23 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498799614 - CAT# K30598

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  •  Chronicles the history of research, management, policy, and regulations related to conflicts between blackbirds and humans
  • Updates life history accounts of the four most abundant blackbird species in North America

  • Examines historical and current population levels and seasonal distribution patterns

  • Discusses the dynamics and management of blackbird populations in light of practicality, environmental safety, cost-effectiveness, and wildlife stewardship

  • Provides strategies to evade damage and covers the progress in the development of chemical repellents and frightening devices

  • Presents a general overview of the economic impact of blackbirds on agriculture and costs associated with management actions

  • Explores near- and long-term prospects for blackbird research.


    Shortlisted for the 2018 TWS Wildlife Publication Awards in the edited book category

    The various species of new world blackbirds, often intermingled in large foraging flocks and nighttime roosts, collectively number in the hundreds of millions and are a dominant component of the natural and agricultural avifauna in North America today. Because of their abundance, conspicuous flocking behavior, and feeding habits, these species have often been in conflict with human endeavors.

    The pioneering publications on blackbirds were by F. E. L. Beal in 1900 and A. A. Allen in 1914. These seminal treatises laid the foundation for more than 1,000 descriptive and experimental studies on the life histories of blackbirds as well as their ecology and management in relation to agricultural damage and other conflicts such as caused by large winter roosting congregations. The wealth of information generated in over a century of research is found in disparate outlets that include government reports, conference proceedings, peer-reviewed journals, monographs, and books.

    For the first time, Ecology and Management of Blackbirds (Icteridae) in North America summarizes and synthesizes this vast body of information on the biology and life histories of blackbirds and their conflicts with humans into a single volume for researchers, wildlife managers, agriculturists, disease biologists, ornithologists, policy makers, and the public. The book reviews the life histories of red-winged blackbirds, yellow-headed blackbirds, common grackles, and brown-headed cowbirds. It provides in-depth coverage of the functional roles of blackbirds in natural and agricultural ecosystems. In doing so, this authoritative reference promotes the development of improved science-based, integrated management strategies to address conflicts when resolutions are needed.


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