common grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 10-12 inches
Very long tail
Frequently gathers in large flocks
Entirely black plumage
Entirely purple or purple and greenish iridiscence to plumage
Dark brown plumage
The common grackle is similar to blackbirds but is larger with a much
longer tail. Male great-tailed and boat-tailed grackles are similar but
larger with longer tails.
Migration Status: Short distance migrant
Breeding Habitat: Urban
Nest Location: Mid-story/canopy nesting
Nest Type: Open-cup
Clutch Size: 3-6
Length of Incubation: 13-14 days
Days to Fledge: 16-20
Number of Broods: 1, occasionally 2
Diet: Mostly seeds; lesser quantities of insects fruit, worms, seeds
reptiles or amphibians eggs
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May C
Su - Summer: June, July, August C
Fall: September, October, November C
Winter: December, January, February R
Crooked Run Valley