Common Grackle Photos and Videos Adult males appear dark overall, but have an iridescent bluish head and bronzy body in good light.
And males of all three species are mostly black, but flashily so: Their iridescent feathers shimmer green or purple according to the angle of the light. While they can occasionally appear ragged, plucked, and worn, generally speaking, they are avatars of style.
Painted Bunting Photos and Videos
Stocky, finchlike bird with a stubby, thick, seed-eating bill. Adult males are unmistakable with their brilliant blue head, green back, red rump and red belly.
Grackle Symbolism and Meaning
For many people, the grackle is a symbol of courage. If you’ve ever met a grackle then it isn’t hard to imagine why this is. Grackles approach life with an audacious attitude and are rarely deterred by the presence of humans in their vicinity. Grackles also frequently symbolize thievery.
If you see a grackle, or several grackles, staring up toward the sky, chances are they are all trying to win the same mate and show the other members of the flock who’s boss. This mating ritual is known as bill-tilt.
Grackles are ground foragers that eat anything from seeds and fruit to invertebrates and fish. Grackles may be attracted to your garden, lawn area or song bird feeders as a food source. Remove feeders to limit this attraction. Remove leftover food on the floor and tables of open-air eateries.
There are many birds with blue heads. Some of the most common ones include Blue Jay, Eastern Bluebird, Lazuli Bunting, Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay, Purple Sunbird, Common Grackle, Western Bluebird, Indigo Bunting, Blue Grosbeak, Cliff Swallow, Purple Martin, Mountain Bluebird, and Tree Swallow.
Brown-headed Cowbirds are smaller with a shorter tail than Common Grackles. Adult males have a brown head whereas Common Grackles have a blueish head.
Common Grackles are blackbirds that look like they’ve been slightly stretched. They’re taller and longer tailed than a typical blackbird, with a longer, more tapered bill and glossy-iridescent bodies. Grackles walk around lawns and fields on their long legs or gather in noisy groups high in trees, typically evergreens.
Grackles like agricultural fields and are more of a threat to crops than crows. As much as they like open spaces, they also live in urban areas, making them abundant virtually everywhere. For homeowners, crop farmers, and property managers, these birds can be extremely dominant and harmful.
Grackles are fairly smart, but they are not considered to be as smart as certain other birds like crows, ravens, and magpies. Grackles are smart enough to figure out where to find an easy meal and identify that a scarecrow isn’t real, but they are not able to use tools or mimic the sounds of other birds.
Grackles are aggressive birds who will colonize in large flocks. These birds are very noisy, and their gregarious nature is very apparent when observing their roosting and nesting sites.
Grackles have an estimated population of 73 million in North America. These birds are native to North America but are considered a pest bird because of the damage they cause to agricultural properties and farming crops. In the US, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, grackles are protected.
Small, nondescript brown bird with a short tail, thin bill, and dark barring on wings and tail with a paler throat.
Despite their harmless appearance though, they are a friend to no one. Cowbirds are selfish and greedy and they pave a path of destruction everywhere they go. Unfortunately, I’ve met some people who have similar habits. Cowbirds act the way they do thanks to thousands of years of survival of the fittest.
Cowbirds earned their common name from the habit of following herds of buffalo (and cattle) in search of the insect prey that were flushed up by the large grazing mammals. Plumage of the male brown-headed cowbird is mostly glossy black with a contrasting dark brown head, females are dull grayish brown.
Current Distribution. In California, brown-headed cowbirds are a common resident and summer visitor that breed throughout much of the state.
The most obvious differences between grackles and starlings are that starlings have dark eyes, pinkish legs and a short, slender yellow bill (breeding birds), whereas the common grackle has dark legs, dark bill and yellow eyes. Grackles are also generally larger than starlings and also have longer tails.
Common Grackles are larger than Brewer’s Blackbirds with a longer tail and a heavier bill. Male Common Grackles have a bluish sheen on the head, whereas Brewer’s have a purplish sheen.
Many define grackles, starlings and pigeons, as pests. Crop growers see their fields being damaged by crows and blackbirds. Homeowners see them as bullies. Grackles scare their beloved songbirds from their bird feeders and steal their food.
Grackles may deposit these sacs in areas away from water but I have not witnessed it. If water is close by, they will take these gifts to it. So, with grackles and ponds you have bird poop everywhere — the amount depends on the number of Grackle nests in your neighborhood.