Birds

Boat-tailed Grackle

Boat-tailed Grackle

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Quiscalus major ORDER: PASSERIFORMES FAMILY: ICTERIDAE

When you smell saltwater on the East Coast, it’s time to look out for Boat-tailed Grackles. The glossy blue-black males are hard to miss as they haul their ridiculously long tails around or display from marsh grasses or telephone wires. The rich, dark-brown females are half the size of males and look almost like a different species. Boat-tailed Grackles take advantage of human activity along our increasingly developed coast, scavenging trash and hanging out in busy urban areas away from predators.

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/boat-tailed_grackle/id

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