National Geographic : 1934 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE (g National (eographic Society GENERALS OF THE MARSHES PARADE IN GOLD BRAID OR BRILLIANT EPAULETS Across the western plains and prairies fly the legions of the yellow-headed blackbird (upper pair and flying). His wings are marked with white chevrons and his "song" is a series of uncouth cries, like a choking spell. Below him at the left clings California's tricolored redwing, with his drab spouse. Best known of the group are the eastern redwings (bottom trio). The old veteran at the left proudly displays blazing "shoulder straps," edged with buff instead of white, while he sends forth his liquid "Ok-a -lee." His mate (center) and two-year-old son (right) wear just a hint of his insignia.