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Great-tailed Grackle

Quiscalus mexicanus


A large blackbird (almost as long as a crow but much more streamlined in shape. A very long tail. large slightly down curved beak Male: Glossy black Female: Dark brown, lighter brown throat, dark gray wings and tail.


high desert (except these were in a parking lot of a restaurant)


In a small flock, mixed sexes. Should I put the males and the female in different spottings?


Steven Sheppard
Steven Sheppard 6 years ago

I like "grackle" as well. I thought having the sexes together to show the differences would be interesting.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 6 years ago

Nice spotting SFShep. I always liked the name "Grackle"-makes me smile every time. In answer to your question about separate spottings for the sexes - there's no need as they are of the same species. Actually, it's good to see the male and female in the same spotting.

Steven Sheppard
Spotted by
Steven Sheppard

Needles, California, USA

Spotted on Dec 31, 2014
Submitted on Jan 2, 2015

Spotted for Mission

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