Common Grackle

(Quiscalus quiscula)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

Common Grackle

NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNRB, SNRN - Unranked Breeding and Nonbreeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Abundant migrant and breeder

Habitat

Wetlands, fields, wet meadows, riparian woodlands, coniferous forest and woodland edges, urban parks

Size

11 to 13½ in length

17 wingspan

 

 

  Photo by Bill Reynolds

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Phenology

March 23, 2011 – First appearance at feeding station in spring

March 10, 2012 – First appearance at feeding station in spring


Taxonomy

Order:

Passeriformes (perching birds)

 

Family:

Icteridae (blackbirds and orioles)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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  Common Grackle - Quiscalus quiscula Juvenilles
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Uploaded on Aug 29, 2010

No description available.

 
     
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Published on Aug 11, 2012

Quiscalus quiscula

Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, Seymour, Indiana, USA 07-08-2012

 
     
  Common Grackle Nestling (Icteridae:Quiscalus quiscula) in Nest
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jun 28, 2011

It's first long look at a human, I think. ;-) Photographed at Fisher, Minnesota (28 June 2011).

 
     
  Noisy Grackle
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Published on Nov 21, 2012

A male common grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) displaying and making alarm calls. He did this for several minutes, as you can see here.

 
     
  Common Grackle - Feeding in The Wild
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Published on Apr 4, 2013

Common Grackles are blackbirds that look like they've been slightly stretched or even like a shrunken crow. They have a more tapered bill and glossy bodies that resemble an "oil spill" in the sunlight. Grackles walk around lawns on their long legs. They gather in high in trees, mainly evergreens, and make a lot of noise. They do not have the most pleasant sound, so they get a bad rap. They do eat crops (corn) and of course they eat bird seed. I have even heard they eat garbage. In fact, Grackles are the number one threat to corn crop. Farmers sometimes spray the corn with a foul tasting chemical (yum!). Check out their yellow eyes. They are quite a bird.

Grackles are underrated.

(you may notice some sparrows, pigeons and red wing blackbirds in the vid)

 
     

 

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