The BioFiles - Bill Hubick

Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major)

Genus Quiscalus  / Family Icteridae  / Order Passeriformes  / Class Aves  / Phylum Chordata  / Kingdom Animalia

A male Boat-tailed Grackle in Worcester County, Maryland (10/14/2007).

A male Boat-tailed Grackle in Worcester County, Maryland (10/14/2007).

A male Boat-tailed Grackle in Worcester County, Maryland (10/14/2007).

A male Boat-tailed Grackle in Worcester County, Maryland (10/14/2007).

A male Boat-tailed Grackle in Worcester County, Maryland (10/14/2007). "Do birds blink?" Finally I took the exact photo I've wanted for addressing this question. I'm still scratching my head on my personal favorite nature question I've been asked, though: "Do turtles dream in color?"

A male Boat-tailed Grackle feeding on Atlantic Horseshoe Crab eggs in Kent County, Delaware (5/20/2006).

A female Boat-tailed Grackle in Sussex County, Delaware (1/27/2007).

A female Boat-tailed Grackle in Sussex County, Delaware (1/27/2007).

A female Boat-tailed Grackle in Sussex County, Delaware (1/27/2007).

A female Boat-tailed Grackle in Sussex County, Delaware (1/27/2007).

A female Boat-tailed Grackle in Sussex County, Delaware (1/27/2007).

A male Boat-tailed Grackle in Worcester Co., Maryland (8/29/2015). This species can cause a double-take when molting tail feathers in late summer and early fall.

Many of the Boat-tailed Grackles on Assateague Island are in heavy molt and missing tail feathers at this date - Assateague Island, Worcester County, Maryland (9/10/2011).

A male Boat-tailed Grackle in Worcester Co., Maryland (11/10/2017).

Boat-tailed Grackle in Dare County, North Carolina (5/27/2011).

A male Boat-tailed Grackle photographed in coastal Delaware during the summer of 2003. This was one of my first sightings of the species, perhaps my first.


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