The Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major) is a passerine bird of the family Icteridae found as a permanent resident on the coasts of the Southeastern United States. It is found in coastal saltwater marshes and, in Florida, also on inland waters. The nest is a well-concealed cup in trees or shrubs near water; three to five eggs are laid.
Common Grackle (M)
The Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) is a large icterid found in large numbers through much of North America. First described in 1758 by Carl Linnaeus, the common grackle has three subspecies. Adult common grackles have a long and dark bill, pale yellow eyes, and a long tail. Adults often have an iridescent appearance on their head, especially males. Common grackles are found in much of North America east of the Rocky Mountains.
Wonderful to enjoy both grackle species today, HJ. You did a good job in these photos of capturing the sometimes-elusive iridescence.
Thank you very much, Jet. 🙂
Stunning sheen of blue on the Boat-tailed Grackle, really nice HJ. You captured the light well.
Thanks so much, Ashley. 🙂
They both look quite distinguished in their dark plumage!
They do! Thank you, my friend. 🙂
Wonderful shots! I love the colors in the first shot, it really makes the bird stand out!
Thank you! 🙂