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Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)
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Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)

General Description: Common Grackles (Quiscalus quiscula) are medium-sized, black birds with yellow eyes and fairly long tails. Up close, males are glossy blue-black. The bill is long and heavy.

Taxonomy: Passeriformes, Icteridae.

Favored Habitat: Farm fields, marshes, parks, urban areas. Can be a pest of grain crops.

Where to Find: Don't look for Common Grackles around Las Vegas. Rather, look for them from Montana to New Mexico and eastward.

Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)

Comments: In flight, these can fold the sides of their tail upward to form a boat-like keel. One species of grackle is even called the Boat-tailed Grackle. Sometimes it looks like the tail is turned sideways.

Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)
Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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