Great-tailed Grackle ~ Male by Kimberly Chadwick


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Taken in Marana,Az March 2010
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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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  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 4 years ago

    Great capture Kimberly!! Its that distinctive long bill and those eyes that create the mysterious image!! Beautifully captured pair!! Well done

  • Again my friend, thank you so very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Nicely captured Kimberly.

  • Thank so much Trish, your visits mean a lot to me!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1over 4 years ago

    Awesome image!

  • Tahnk you Gina for your visit to my world Ma’am~☼

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusterover 4 years ago

    I think that this is the first picture of a grackle that I’ve seen on RB. Congrat on noticing and photographing this beautiful bird! Dee

  • LOL, Though they may not be “pretty” with several colors, I try to capture everything I see and learn about them. Though they can be annoying, I have a new appreciation and admiration for these creatures of God. Thank you very much Diane!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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