Common Grackle

The 32 cm long adult has a long dark bill, pale yellowish eyes and a long tail; its plumage is an iridescent black, or purple on the head. The adult female is slightly smaller and less glossy.

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The Common Grackle is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Common Grackle, Quiscalus quiscula, is a large icterid. The 32 cm (13 in) long adult has a long dark bill, pale yellowish eyes and a long tail; its plumage is an iridescent black, or purple on the head. The adult female is slightly smaller and less glossy. The breeding habitat is open and semi-open areas across North America east of the Rocky Mountains. More

Common Grackles are blackbirds that look like they've been slightly stretched. They're taller and longer tailed than a typical blackbird, with a longer, more tapered bill and glossy-iridescent bodies. Grackles walk around lawns and fields on their long legs or gather in noisy groups high in trees, typically evergreens. They eat many crops (notably corn) and nearly anything else as well, including garbage. In flight their long tails trail behind them, sometimes folded down the middle into a shallow V shape. More

The Common Grackle forages on the ground, in shallow water or in shrubs; it will steal food from other birds. It is omnivorous, eating insects, minnows, frogs, eggs, berries, seeds, grain and even small birds. Grackles at outdoors eating areas often wait eagerly until someone drops some food. They will rush forward and try to grab it,often snatching food out of the beak of another bird. More

The Common Grackle engages in “anting” behavior, in which it covers itself with fluid secreted from ants, walnuts, lemons, limes, marigold blossoms, mothballs, or chokecherries, presumably to gain protection from parasites. State of the Birds > Common Birds in Decline > Common Grackle #14 Common Bird in DeclineCommon Grackle(Quiscalus quiscula) French Name: Quiscale bronzé Spanish Name: Zanate norteño Genus: Quiscalus Species: Q. More

The Common Grackle is a medium-large blackbird measuring 11 to 13 inches in length. They have a long dark bill, pale yellow eyes and a long keel-shaped tail. Their plumage is an iridescent black. Its black coat is glossy with a blue-green or purple sheen to it. In the West and New England there are subspecies that are more of bronze in coloring. The females are smaller and have less gloss in their plumage. More

The Common Grackle breeds in open and semi-open areas of North America east of the Rocky Mountains. This species builds nests concealed in dense trees and shrubs near the water, and especially likes pine forests. These birds also nest in small colonies. During the winter months, northern populations of the Common Grackle migrate to the southeastern United States. This species forages for its food on the ground, and is omnivorous. More

Common Grackle, a semicolonial species found in open areas with scattered trees, probably nested in cottonwood and sycamore groves along watercourses in the Midwest. But when forests were cleared to create agricultural land, the Common Grackle began to increase its numbers, such that now it is one of the most abundant breeding birds in North America. Today, the Common Grackle More

The glossy-iridescent Common Grackle is one of the more common and widespread birds nesting in Tennessee, and in winter it forms enormous flocks containing hundreds of thousands of individuals. It can be found in a variety of habitats from farmland and suburban areas to wetlands and forest edge. Common Grackles range over most of North America east of the Rockies, breeding into central Canada and wintering in the southeastern portion of the range. More

Common Grackle has a long, spoon-shaped tail, and a large, slightly decurved bill. Adult male is glossy black all over, with a strong metallic sheen, purple on head and neck, bronze or purple on remainder of plumage (depending on population). It has striking pale yellowish eyes, and long graduate tail. Legs are dark. Adult female is smaller than male. It’s duller black, especially on underparts, but also has pale yellowish eyes. More

Common GrackleCommon GrackleMarch 5, 2009 - The big boys are back! While we had had occasional visits from a stray blackbird or two since last fall and through the winter, the group is settling back in for the comfort of home stuffed feeders. Grackles and red-winged blackbirds seen from the ground level through our Wingscapes camera (motion activated) show just how intimidating these larger birds can seem to small, shyer little birds. More

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The Common Grackle is the largest of these three blackbirds, about the size of a Mourning Dove, though its long tail makes it appear larger. A member of the blackbird family (Icteridae - orioles, meadowlarks, blackbirds) its scientific name is Quiscalus quiscula. Both the Genus and species name derive from the Latin meaning quail; I have found no explanation for why these very un-quail like birds were so named. More

common grackles in Lincoln County, stating that common grackle flocks were the largest of any bird species present there. Rosche (1979) reported common grackles in the lower Platte River Valley during 24 March to 6 November. Breeding Range: Common grackle is especially numerous and well-distributed in the Dissected Plain, Eastern Plain and Platte River Valley physiographic regions. More

The Common Grackle prefers open spaces and is frequently seen foraging on the ground. It looks black but has beautiful shades of colour when seen from the right angle. Common Grackles, Quiscalus quiscula, range throughout the United States and Canada, except in the far north. They are rare west of the Rocky Mountains. Plain and black from a distance, Common Grackles are beautiful birds close up when sunlight is reflected off their plumage. More

The Common Grackle is a medium-sized bird which looks like a smaller version of a crow. It can grow up to 12 inches long. They are black birds with yellow eyes. Male Grackles have a purple irridescence (a shiny purple glow). Grackles can be seen in open woods, fields, parks, and lawns. These birds live in loose colonies which may have from two to 100 birds. Breeding season is from late March to early August. More

Some bird enthusiasts don't much care for Common Grackles, in part because they're big and boisterous, drive other birds from feeders, eat prodigious amounts of bird seed, and put forth sounds that might not fit the standard definition of "song." (And there's also that whitewash on the car thing.) Up close, however, we find Common Grackles to be especially fascinating. The bill is definitely the business end of a grackle (above and above right). More

The Common Grackle is a member of the blackbird family, and is not related to the American Crow as many think. The birds of the family Icteridae are dichromatic, meaning the male and the female look very different from each other. The male common grackle is an iridescent black, with the upper chest and head glistening blueish or purplish in the sun. The female is slightly smaller and more brownish, less iridescent. The Common Grackle has a very long, dark gray beak. More

Common Grackle - Quiscalus quisculaA very common summer resident, often found in residential areas, the Common Grackle can often be heard singing its harsh, grating song from treetops and roofs. They often nest in small colonies, and can form huge mixed flocks with other blackbirds in the fall and winter. Habitat: Farmland, towns, woodlands, marshes, shelterbelts. Prefers dense tree cover next to open spaces for nesting. Diet: Omnivorous. More

The Common Grackle is a very well populated bird, residing all over North America east of the American Rockies. Their numbers may be upwards of 100 million in North America. This bird is known to migrate up to Canada for the summer and reside east of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Common Grackles are found in open areas with scattered trees, particularly in suburban developments. They are not usually found in very wooded areas because they like to forage on the ground. More

The common grackle is an all-black bird with bright yellow eyes and is the largest of the blackbirds in Ohio. Note the iridescent luster of the feathers on the body and the head. This plumage, particularly on the male, gives the bird a bronze or purple appearance. The long, keel-shaped tail readily distinguishes the grackle from other blackbirds. Habitat and Habits This species is an abundant summer resident. More

The Common Grackle is found in open areas with scattered, preferably coniferous trees. It has adapted well to human structures and is common in open areas such as suburban developments and city parks. It can also be found in farmlands and orchards. Status The Common Grackle is an abundant permanent resident of the Atlanta area. More

Common Grackles were easy for Atlasers to confirm in most blocks by observations of food being delivered to young or young out of the nest. Atlasers who were unable to locate nest sites or other breeding confirmations may have been misled by wandering, foraging flocks or post-breeding individuals. More

Pick A Bird Grackle common grackleCOMMON GRACKLE Quiscalus quiscula Recommended Deterrents Bird Chase Super Sonic, Bird-B-Gone Hawk, Ultra Net Bird Netting Physical DescriptionGrackles are blackbirds, with iridescent purple-blue feathers on the back, neck and head. Their legs and heads are also black; they have yellow eyes, and a long tail. Grackles measure 11-13 inches in length, have a wingspan of 14-18 inches, and weigh anywhere from 2. More

The common grackle is a beautiful but nasty bird who will eat most anything from nestling birds or eggs, frogs, small fish and mice. They usually chase other birds away from our feeder where they feast on sunflower seeds. They are glossy black or browninsh black twelve-and-a-half- inch birds with beautiful yellow eyes and iridescent, purplish blue heads. They are noisy, and their harsh cacks and metallic calls are not in the least muscial. More

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Order : Passeriformes
Family : Icteridae
Genus : Quiscalus
Species : quiscula
Authority : (Linnaeus, 1758)