Birds on the Beargrass: Common Grackle [Isolation Vacation]

Adult grackles often have an iridescent appearance on their head, especially males. Common grackles are found in much of North America east of the Rocky Mountains.


Birds on the Beargrass: Common Grackle fun facts

Quick facts about the Common Grackle

  • The Common Grackle breeds throughout North America. They inhabit fields, meadows, shorelines, and urban areas.

  • Their diet usually consists of insects, minnows, frogs, eggs, berries, seeds, and even mice and other small bids.

  • Four to seven eggs can be laid in a single mating season. Female Grackles will make their nest just about anywhere.

  • These birds have been known to create nest colonies. Some reported colonies are as large as 200 pairs!

  • You can often find Grackles in outdoor eating areas. They are very opportunistic and intelligent, often scoping out family picnics and cookouts.

  • While Grackles have a distinctly sharp song, they are also able to mimic sounds of other birds and human noises, just not as accurately as the mockingbird.

  • Grackles often steal other birds and animals' food, and will eat just about anything.

  • These birds are known to travel in huge flocks, often taking over urban areas and public spaces.

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