A. Through February, 2001, the longest-living banded wild redwing ever recorded by the Bird Banding Laboratory at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center had survived 15 years and 9 months.
A. No, redwings do not mate for life. They don't even form genuine pair bonds, since males who control a territory may have several mates. Males usually return to the same territory for several years, but females often go to entirely different places from one spring to the next.
A. A redwing nest is constructed mostly from dead cattail leaves, sedges, other plant fibers, and is usually constructed in cattails, rushes, shrubs, or weeds, but sometimes in a tree.
A. Most redwing clutches have 3 or 4 eggs.
A. Pale blue-green, spotted or with zigzag lines of black, brown and/or purple.
A. 11 - 12 days from the time the last egg is laid.
A. 2.75 grams--a little more than a penny.
A. Baby redwings produce their poop in fecal sacs, encased in strong membranes so they don't leak. To learn more, see our Fecal Sac Lesson.
A. Baby redwings jump from their nest when they are about 10 days old. It takes them another several days to become strong fliers and independent birds, but in the meantime they are very good at climbing on cattails and other plants.