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Boat-tailed grackle (♀)

Quiscalus major


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.


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


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

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mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 6 months ago

I had no idea either, Tukup! Thanks.

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 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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