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Common Name:Grackle, Great-tailed
Scientific Name:Quiscalus mexicanus
Family:Icteridae (Blackbirds)
Area:male - Buckskin Mountain State Park, Arizona
Date:November 5, 2005

Great-tailed Grackles are very common birds in the urban Southwest, and may some times be mixed in with the smaller Red-winged Blackbirds Their loud raucous noises call attention to themselves, particularly the males. Males are solid glossy black, compared to females, which are a duller brown.

female - Buckskin Mountain State Park, Arizona --- February 9, 2010

Reference:Western Birds by Peterson / Watchable Birds of the Southwest by Gray