Great-tailed Grackle ~ Female 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

    Excellent color and lighting and such a great written description!! They are very similar to the brewers blackbird but much larger!! Great capture!!

  • Yes they are Blair. In fact unlike the boat-tailed grackle, these have that bright yellow eye that just pops out at you! Thank you sir as always for the support!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 4 years ago

    A stunning clear and well focussed capture, and great info! Thanks for sharing and well done!

  • I do so appreciate your visits Magaret, Thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottover 4 years ago

    wonderful composition, super shot

  • Thank you dearly Robert!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Edyta Magdalena Pelc
    Edyta Magdalen...over 4 years ago

    beautifully captured!

  • I do appreciate the time you took to peek into my world Edyta! Thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Yannik Hay
    Yannik Hayover 4 years ago

    Hi Kimberly, thank you for the description on these birds.
    Very beautiful photo!

  • Thank you again Yannik!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Well captured Kimberly.

  • Trish, as always my friend, thank you~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • KcranmerArt
    KcranmerArtover 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot Kimberly…love how the sun really makes him glow!

  • Thank you for taking a trip into my world, I appreciate that!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • HelenBeresford
    HelenBeresfordover 4 years ago

    Beautiful colours and light, love that sharp, yellow eye! :)

  • I thank you for stopping by and cleaving a comment Helen, thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Bonnie Robert
    Bonnie Robertover 4 years ago

    Very Nice Capture Kim

  • Thank you Bonnie~☼

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Daniel J. McCauley IV
    Daniel J. McCa...over 4 years ago

    Beauty! Sitting up there so regal! Wonderfully captured, Kimberly!

  • She is “rockin” that branch isn’t she…lol, thank you Sir!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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