Sunday, June 2, 2013

Common Grackle

The common grackle, Quiscalus quiscula. Click to enlarge.
The common grackle looks uniformly black from a distance, but when you get closer, and especially in the sunlight, you can see its glossy purple head and iridescent bronze back. Grackles are common in New York City.

Grackles forage in low bushes or on the ground for insects, seeds, and fruit. They sometimes show up at picnics to troll for treats. They are willing to try new foods and they don't mind people, so they do well in cities, suburbs, and rural areas.

The common grackle is about 12 inches long, with long legs and tail, slightly down-curved bill, and bright yellow eyes. 


  1. AND another thing, Julie, common grackles are not camera shy as evidenced by your images! Did you take them in Central Park? BTW, these "iridescent" birds have frequented my garden @

    1. Hi -- Yes, I took these photos in Central Park where I see grackles often. Nice garden visitors -- they sparkle in the sunlight and have such saucy attitudes! J