Common Grackle

Common Grackle

Lanky, omnivorous blackbird.  Common east of the Rockies; prefers wet woodlands, marshes, fields and suburban areas; attracted to seed at feeders.  Large, glossy black bird with long tail, legs and bill, which is slightly curved; flat-headed. Often holds tail in a V shape, including in flight.  Often in flocks, including mixed blackbird flocks, where it is one of the largest.  Forages on ground for seeds (especially corn), plus many small animals, and even garbage.  Nest in treetops, sometimes in colonies; large (sometimes mixed) roosts may number in the hundred thousands.  Lifespan up to 22 years.  Population ~ 61 million and declining. 

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January 3, 2015