Return of Bird of the Week: Chopi Blackbird


Yes, another blackbird, this one found in eastern South America, in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia and Brazil. The Chopi Blackbird gets its name for its primary call, a sharp, shrill “Shop-WEE!” which it gives frequently. Like its cousin, the Scarlet-headed Blackbird, it is monotypic, the only species in its genus. While it looks like a standard black-colored…

Return of Bird of the Week: Bobolink


WC posted some photos of a Bobolink from Long Valley a while back, and promised a more detailed discussion of this fascinating species in the future. With the woodpeckers done, at least for a while, WC will move to Icterids, the family of passerines that includes familiar birds like blackbirds and meadowlarks. And the Bobolink.…