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Grackle (Common)

Quiscalus quiscula
Grackle (Common)

Range

They are found from the Rocky Mountains east and from northern Canada down through the U.S. They spend the winter in the U.S.

Habitat

They are found in open fields, woodlands, marshes, near homes, parks and farmlands.

Body Traits

They are large, dark birds with shiny (iridescent) heads. They have a long tail that widens at the end and a long thin beak.

Habits

They flock to feed on the ground, often with other kinds of birds.

Diet

They eat insects, frogs, bird's eggs, fruits, seeds, nuts, and grains.

Reproduction

They build a big nest of wood, leaves and grass in a small conifer tree. They line their nests with mud and grass. Females lay 1-7 pale blue-gray eggs with some spots.

Grackle (Common)

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vetebrata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Icteridae
Genus: Quiscalus
Species: Q. quiscula

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