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Boat-tailed Grackles are large, lanky songbirds with rounded crowns, long legs, and fairly long, pointed bills. Females are dark brown above and russet below.
Boat-tailed Grackles are a strictly coastal species through most of their range; however, they live across much of the Florida peninsula, often well away from the immediate coast. This spotting is in my backyard about twelve miles from the beach.
These scrappy birds are supreme omnivores, feeding on everything from seeds and human food scraps to crustaceans scavenged from the shoreline. They come to my backyard and feed on rice a place there for the Muscovy ducks.