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Common Grackle

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About the Common Grackle

The Common Grackle is a species of blackbird found throughout much of North America. They have a shiny, iridescent black body plumage which may shine purple, green or blue in certain light.

Common Grackles are omnivorous, taking prey from insects to small fish and frogs, as well as seeds, berries, and other plant material. Common Grackles are gregarious and can be found in large flocks, especially outside of breeding season.

Common Grackles are found in a very large range and as of December 2013 have a conservation status of Least Concern.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 22 December 2013
Scientific Name Quiscalus quiscula
  • Passeriformes
  • Icteridae
  • Quiscalus
  • Q. quiscula
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 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
11 to 13.4 inches
14.2 to 18.1 inches
2.6 to 5 ounces

International Names

  • 拟八哥 (Chinese)
  • vlhovec nachový (Czech)
  • Sortgrackel (Danish)
  • Glanstroepiaal (Dutch)
  • purppuraturpiaali (Finnish)
  • Quiscale bronzé (French)
  • Purpurgrackel (German)
  • Gracchio comune americano (Italian)
  • オオクロムクドリモドキ [ookuromukudorimodoki] (Japanese)
  • Glanstrupial (Norwegian)
  • wilgowron mniejszy (Polish)
  • Обыкновенный вороний дрозд (Russian)
  • Zanate Común (Spanish)
  • Mindre båtstjärt (Swedish)