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Quiscalus quiscula

Common Name: Common Grackle
Quiscalus quiscula
Quiscalus quiscula

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Icteridae
Genus: Quiscalus
Species: Quiscalus quiscula

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

Common grackles are 13" long with a 17" wingspan. Their beaks are long and thick and they have yellow eyes.

Both males and females are shiny black, but males have more iridescence.

Habitat & Range

Common grackles stay year-round in the eastern half of the United States, and have a breeding range that reaches up through the Great Lakes region and into Canada.

They live in open forests, fields, and along water.


Their call is a gurgling “k-sheek”.

Featured image by Manjith Kainickara.


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