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Boat-tailed grackle (♀)

Quiscalus major

Description:

Several females seen hiding from the midday sun underneath parked cars. These are medium-sized birds that are golden brown with dark beaks, wings and tails.

Habitat:

This group was spotted in the parking lot of Florida's Everglades National Park.

Notes:

Grackles are native to and found yearlong in the area where these were spotted, as well as some cities in the southeastern US.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Brian38
Brian38 6 months ago
Boat-tailed grackle (female)
Quiscalus major Boat-tailed grackle - Wikipedia


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5 Comments

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 6 months ago

I had no idea either, Tukup! Thanks.

Tukup
Tukup 6 months ago

I guess I learned something today. I was thinking the ID wasn't right, but then I looked at Cornell's "All about birds." I had no idea female grackles were so different than the males. Thanks for the lesson :-) Cool shot.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 6 months ago

Sounds like a nice vacation. Yes, they seem unafraid to approach us and are always on the lookout for food. :)

Brian38
Brian38 6 months ago

Your welcome Mauna. I just found about these birds a few weeks ago while vacationing on the gulf coast. I've had to take a crash course on Alabama and Florida birds. Interesting birds - they don't mind getting close to humans. The ones I saw were on a fishing pier and would get within a meter of the fisherman. I think they were trying to steal their bait or lunch or anything they could.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 6 months ago

Thanks for the ID, Brian!

mauna Kunzah
Spotted by
mauna Kunzah

Florida, USA

Lat: 25.19, Long: -80.92

Spotted on Dec 19, 2015
Submitted on Feb 9, 2019

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