~Friday’s Feathered Friend – The Boat-tailed Grackle~


Boat-tailed Grackle
Boat-tailed Grackle


The Boat-tailed Grackle – brown or dull yellow eyes, long keel-shaped tail, black overall, iridescent purple on head and back, black legs and black bill.


Added to my Birding Life List on 04/10/93

(West Palm Beach, Florida)



The Boat-tailed Grackle is a very large, glossy black bird.

The Boat-tailed Grackle’s common name refers to its long tail, often held in a V-shape to form a “keel.”

Found along the coast from Texas to Long Island, this songbird prefers salt and brackish marshes, where it breeds in colonies and socializes in noisy flocks.

The Boat-tailed Grackle has been expanding its range northward since the 1940’s, probably due to milder winters north of the Carolinas.

The female is a light, warm brown with dark brown wings and tail. The female’s “ear” is darker brown under a pale eyebrow. The eyes of both sexes are yellowish.


Boat-tailed Grackle
Boat-tailed Grackle

I photographed this beautiful bird while visiting the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge this past week.

What a beautiful black bird
What a beautiful black bird


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Enjoy Birdwatching!

It can be entertaining as well as educational!



Note:Some of my information for this post was taken from Field Guide to Birds of North America.


8 thoughts on “~Friday’s Feathered Friend – The Boat-tailed Grackle~”

    1. When the sun is shinning just right on this guy they are gorgeous. I, like most people, am not a huge fan of grackles. However, I have to give credit to their beauty and intelligence! 🙂

    1. Hello Gay, just got back to Internet service! We left South Llano State Park this morning! Wow, what a terrific birding experience we had. This state park is one of my very favorite parks. I counted 46 species of birds, perhaps a couple more that I was not sure of, didn’t see them long enough. Saw the Painted Bunting for the first time along with a few more! I hope you are traveling and having fun!

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