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Common Grackle

Quiscalus quiscala

Description:

13" long Males often appear black; actually has iridescent blue-green head, dark purple wings, bronzy green back and breast; long, wedge-shaped tail is held flat, or carried in V in courtship. Female is very dark gray. Bill heavy, long, pointed; eyes yellow. Usually in small to very large flocks outside breeding season. Voice- Song; short high "gurgle-eek" Call- Loud "shack"

Habitat:

Farms, watersides, gardens, fields Range from March to November, all over New Englandin December through February Some in southern New England

Notes:

Source: Nat'l Audubon Society Field Guide to New England by Peter Alden and Brian Cassie. Blackbird family.

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Bangor, Maine, USA

Spotted on May 1, 2013
Submitted on Jun 10, 2013

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