Featured in: The Birds (Mar., 2011)
The Common Grackle, of the blackbird family, boasts plumage replete in hues of iridescent blue, purple and bronze and, in bright light, this bird is anything but common. Not one of the most beloved of birds, the Common Grackle won’t hesitate to assert his dominance at backyard feeders bullying even the likes of Blue Jays and House Sparrows.
Common Grackles are large birds (approx. 13 in.) with yellow eyes, a long and heavy, sharp bill and long tails. The central feathers of their long, rounded tail displays in flight with a deeply keeled V-shape. The adult female is slightly smaller and less iridescent with a shorter tail which does not keel in flight. The juvenile is brown with dark brown eyes.
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