Common Grackle

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    Before the trees have begun to leaf out in the North, the Common Grackles (Quiscalus quiscula) arrives. Soon courting males are posturing in the treetops, puffing up their glossy plumage, spreading their long tails, and uttering their rasping chu-seeck.

    Larger species of grackles are the Great-tailed (Quiscalus mexicanus) of southern farmlands and the Boat-tailed (Quiscalus major), a salt-marsh bird.

    Length: 10 – 12.5 inches

    Habitat: Farmlands, groves, suburbs, parks; usually near water

    Video Credits: Dominique Lalonde Films Nature
    Image Credits: Spinus Nature Photography, WikiMedia


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