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Boat-tailed Grackle


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About the Boat-tailed Grackle

The Boat-tailed Grackle is a medium-to-large sized shiny black songbird. The range of this species is coasts along the southeast of the United States; in Florida they are found inland as well as in coastal habitats. Part of their western range overlaps with the similar species Great-tailed Grackle.

Boat-tailed Grackles are highly sexually dimorphic; males and females vary in both plumage and size. Male Boat-tailed Grackles have iridescent and shiny black plumage, with a long, keel-shaped tail. Females are smaller and warm brown in plumage.

The Boat-tailed Grackle has a large range and its population trend is increasing as of December 2013. Their conservation status is therefore Least Concern.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 22 December 2013
Scientific Name Quiscalus major
  • Passeriformes
  • Icteridae
  • Quiscalus
  • Q. major
Birdorable Family Icterids
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 25 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
10.2 to 14.6 inches
15.4 to 19.7 inches
3.3 to 8.4 ounces

International Names

  • 宽尾拟八哥 (Chinese)
  • vlhovec člunoocasý (Czech)
  • Bådhalet Grackel (Danish)
  • Bootstaarttroepiaal (Dutch)
  • mölyturpiaali (Finnish)
  • Quiscale des marais (French)
  • Bootschwanzgrackel (German)
  • Gracchio maggiore americano (Italian)
  • キタオナガクロムクドリモドキ [funaokuromukudorimodoki] (Japanese)
  • Båthaletrupial (Norwegian)
  • wilgowron zaglosterny (Polish)
  • Большой вороний дрозд (Russian)
  • Zanate Marismeño (Spanish)
  • Större båtstjärt (Swedish)