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Common Grackle (male) by KatMagic Photography

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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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    NatureGreeting...almost 4 years ago

    Nice shot!!

  • Ben Waggoner
    Ben Waggoneralmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful portrait/profile! Well captured, Kat!

  • Sprezzatura
    Sprezzaturaalmost 4 years ago

    Absolutely wonderful. Excellent exposure and clarity capturing their iridescent feathers. I agree, not common at all, especially when viewing a capture such as this:)Cat

  • Renee Blake
    Renee Blakealmost 4 years ago

    Awesome shot ! I love these birds. I know they are thought to be a nuisance but I think they are such characters !!!

  • Jessica Dzupina
    Jessica Dzupinaalmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous photograph! Best photo I have seen to date of a grackle!

  • MarieFrance
    MarieFrancealmost 4 years ago


  • OpalFire
    OpalFirealmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous shot, Katherine. Beautiful colour, light, and the detail is spot on. Lovely bokeh too.

  • gothicolors
    gothicolorsalmost 4 years ago

    I love Grackles and you captured this one beautifully!

  • gothicolors
    gothicolorsalmost 4 years ago

    Yes, I’ve heard a lot of complaints about them. We only get them around here in the Spring and I love watching them, I especially like their yellow eyes!

  • Babcia
    Babciaalmost 4 years ago

    You captured all their beautiful colors!

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