Great-Tailed Grackle

Cypremort Point State Park
Cypremort Point, Louisiana

Pentax K-x, Pentax 50-200mm lens
1/500 sec.
ISO 200

(to listen to its call, follow the link)

Quiscalus mexicanus
Family: Blackbirds and Orioles (Icteridae)

Great-tailed Grackle: Large blackbird with iridescent black body and purple sheen. Eyes are yellow. Tail is long and keeled. Female is smaller with shorter tail, brown upperparts, gray-brown underparts, and yellow-green eyes. Juvenile is similar to female but has dark eyes.

Range and Habitat
Great-tailed Grackle: Resident from California, Colorado, Kansas, and western Louisiana southward. Preferred habitats include open areas with scattered trees, cultivated areas, marshes, parks, and areas around human habitation.

more information:

One of my favorite songs, and a bit of a theme song for myself, too. But, that’s another story :)


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  • gazmercer
    gazmerceralmost 4 years ago

    Amazing colours in the feathers, excellent capture!!

  • Thank you so much! I was surprised muyself by the colors – at first glance (not behind the lens) the bird appears solid black, but at further inspection – a beautiful sheen of purple, green, and blue :)

    – Alison M

  • AndyReeve
    AndyReevealmost 4 years ago

    It’s a Grackle – probably. LOL. Great shot; loverly captured colours Smidge xx

  • Thanks Andy! I think it’s a grackle… am working on my bird identification skills, haha. :))

    – Alison M

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoalmost 4 years ago

  • Thank you :)

    – Alison M

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 4 years ago

    Wow, great capture, such amazing colour.

  • Thanks so much for your kind comment, Andrea! :))

    – Alison M

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent capture!

    25 Oct

  • Thank you! :))

    – Alison M

  • Barrie Daniels
    Barrie Danielsalmost 4 years ago

    oh wow what a handsome bird! never seen one before…nice capture especially with the sun reflection!

  • Thanks Barrie! It was the first time I saw one, too. It was a learning experience trying to identify it. Hope I got it right! lol. :))

    – Alison M

  • Keith Irving
    Keith Irvingalmost 4 years ago

    this Is great…. nice and sharp and the colours are marvellous

  • Thank you so much Keith! I appreciate your comment :))

    – Alison M

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Thanks Ray :))

    – Alison M

  • rasim1
    rasim1almost 4 years ago

    Great shot.

  • Thanks so much rasim! :))

    – Alison M

  • John44
    John44almost 4 years ago

    Well its a bird who knows how to catch atention from all :-)
    Well done Smidge

  • It definitely caught my attention! Thank you John :))

    – Alison M

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