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Great-tailed Grackle

Description: 
Males have an all-black body with bluish-purple iridescence, yellow eyes, and a very long, wide tail. Females have a grayish-brown body, a light belly and a light eyebrow above a yellow eye. Females have a shorter tail than males. Great-tailed grackles may be confused with the common grackle, which has a bronze back and sides, and the females have a darker head. These birds are also often misidentified as the boat-tailed grackle, which has not been documented in Oklahoma, but is instead found on the East and Gulf Coasts.
Habitat: 
Grackles are typically found in urban areas, feedlots and croplands. They can also be found in marshy wetlands. Great-tailed grackles are primarily found in central and western Oklahoma.
Life Cycle: 
At feeders, great-tailed grackles feed on cracked corn, millet, milo and black-oil sunflower seeds. Away from feeders, they primarily forage on the ground for insects, small fish, grains and other birds’ eggs.
Size: 
Approximately 18 inches in length. Wingspan of 18.9 inches.
How to Observe: 

This bird feeds in flocks with other blackbirds. Great-tailed grackles prefer to feed on the ground.