The darker the color, the more favorable the climate conditions are for survival. The outlined areas represent approximate current range for each season. More on reading these maps.
A black bird with a yellow head, the Yellow-headed Blackbird is certainly a well-named species. It breeds in extensive cattail marshes of western North America. Audubon's climate model projects a 68 percent loss of current summer range by 2080, with the curren winter range suffering a similar 64 percent decline. The winter distribution of this species involves major numbers in Mexico, highly localized large flocks in the Southwest, and scattered individuals seen elsewhere, such that the model cannot paint a complete picture of winter climate space. Regardless, forecast decline during the summer puts a squeeze on a bird that already suffers from the draining of wetlands.