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Common Grackle

Description: 
Larger than a robin, common grackles have yellow eyes, a long, straight, dark bill, and a long rudder-like tail. Males have dark iridescent plumage with a bronze back and sides, purple wings and tail and a purplish-blue breast and head. Females are smaller and duller brown in color. Common grackles are sometimes confused with several species, with the following differences. The great-tailed grackle is bluish-purple overall. The Brewer’s blackbird, rusty blackbird and red-winged blackbird have shorter tails that are not rudder-like. European starlings have a speckled appearance.
Habitat: 
Common grackles are found in wetlands, hedgerows, fields, wet meadows, riparian woodlands, woodland edges, shrubby urban and suburban parks and gardens. This bird can be found statewide.
Life Cycle: 
At feeders, this bird eats cracked corn, milo, millet and black-oil sunflower seeds. Away from feeders, they strut along the ground searching, snatching and probing for insects, earthworms, seeds and waste grains.
Size: 
Approximately 11 to 13.4 inches in length. Wingspan of 14.2 to 18.1 inches.
How to Observe: 

These birds feed in flocks with other blackbirds. They prefer to feed on the ground.