Range Tracking

Grackles Among Us

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Too often one runs into Grackles in the parking lot of a shopping center hopping around on the hot pavement looking for something edible to fall its way. It does not seem like a very practical way of life but, alas, it is the way things are.
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In appearance the Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major) is quite stunning when the Sun catches its feathers just right causing a brilliant blue and purple iridescence to shine forth. Note this Grackle’s inner eyelid, or nictitating membrane, is closed, most likely in response to the bright sunlight.
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To confuse beginning birders, the female Grackle does not look like its mate, but is a dusky brown color suitable for camouflaging itself in the nest.
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View a close-up image of a female Grackle.

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