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A female (males are mostly black) boat-tailed grackle in the Everglades, found in a cluster of spatterdock. A very large passerine species, it is larger than the common (where it's range overlaps) and great-tailed grackles, which I also have spottings of. Even though they make their homes in shallow coastal saltwater strands, it had adapted well to an urban environment in Gulf Coast cities, to no surprise as they are grackles. Boat-tailled grackles are omnivorous, feeding on fruits and seeds as wall as insects, amphibians, and even other smaller birds.
Native to coastal saltwater strands and ponds on the Gulf of Mexico, Florida, and the Eastern US. In Florida they extend their range to inland bodies of water and can be found throughout the state.
Spotted on Jun 5, 2021
Submitted on Jun 5, 2021