These birds forage on the ground, in shallow water, or in shrubs; they will steal food from other birds.The nest is a well-concealed cup in trees or shrubs near water; three to five eggs are laid. Adult males have entirely iridescent black plumage, a long dark bill, a pale yellowish or brown iris and a long keel-shaped tail. The adult female is much smaller at 26–33 cm (10–13 in) long and a weight of 90–115 g (3.2–4.1 oz).She is also distinctive via her shorter tail and tawny-brown coloration, which covers the body apart from the darker wings and tail. Immature females are duller versions of the adult female and have blotches or spots on the breast. The eye color of the Boat-tailed Grackle varies with range
It is found in coastal saltwater marshes, and, in Florida, also on inland waters.
(juvenile female ) Boat-tailed Grackles have established significant populations in several United States Gulf Coast cities and towns where they can be found foraging in trash bins, dumpsters, and parking lots.
Lat: 26.01, Long: -80.15
Spotted on Jun 8, 2012
Submitted on Jun 8, 2012