Great-tailed Grackle ~ Juvenille  by Kimberly Chadwick

Great-tailed Grackle ~ Juvenille by 

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March 2010

Great-tailed Grackle

A Giant among blackbirds, they are very common here in the mid west. Often found in parking lots and parks forging for what ever they can find to eat.

Great-tailed Grackle may put observers in mind of Hitchcock’s film_The Birds_, as flocks forage and roost noisily in highly urbanized areas. This species has recently spread northward in the Great Plains. Both males females can have multiple partners, a reproductive strategy known as polygynandry.

VOICE. Song a loud train of unusual sounds – muffled whistles, hisses, and rattles – that recall a ham radio being tuned. CALL similar ro Boat-tailed Grackle.


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  • Angela Pritchard
    Angela Pritchardover 4 years ago

    Nice shot.

  • Ty

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ron Kube
    Ron Kubeover 4 years ago

    Awesome, love the detail in this shot! Never seen one of these, nice work Kimberly!

  • Well next time you go to Walmart look around. The males are the black ones with the bight yellow eyes. I always appreciate your comments Ronald, Thank you so much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    A fine shot. We have Common Grackles here in abundance – they squeak like rusty hinges & make their presence felt, but rarely do they get ‘caught’ like this lady. You can even see the eye stripe. She may have made herself available, but you Got the Shot!!

  • Thanks Sheila, she was the star that morning.

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyover 4 years ago

    Another great poser! Great portrait work! ;o)

  • I appreciate your comments Krys, thank you so very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • emjay4010
    emjay4010over 4 years ago

    I love Grackles. Remember when they were called Boat Tailed? They are so funny and this one is beautiful. You did a great job at getting this photo. I love your work…to clear and crisp…wonderful!!

  • I thank you for your kind words, thank you very much darlin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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