Boat-tailed Grackle

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 22 December 2013
Scientific Name
Quiscalus major
  • Passeriformes
  • Icteridae
  • Quiscalus
  • Q. major
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 4 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
10.2 to 14.6 inches
15.4 to 19.7 inches
3.3 to 8.4 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 宽尾拟八哥
Czech (Cesky) vlhovec člunoocasý
Danish (Dansk) Bådhalet Grackel
Dutch (Nederlands) Bootstaarttroepiaal
Finnish (Suomi) mölyturpiaali
French (Français) Quiscale des marais
German (Deutsch) Bootschwanzgrackel
Italian (Italiano) Gracchio maggiore americano
Japanese (日本語) キタオナガクロムクドリモドキ [funaokuromukudorimodoki]
Norwegian (Norsk) Båthaletrupial
Polish (Polski) wilgowron zaglosterny
Russian (русский язык) Большой вороний дрозд
Spanish (Español) Zanate Marismeño
Swedish (Svenska) Större båtstjärt
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