Great-tailed Grackle

About the Great-tailed Grackle

Also known as: Great-tailed Crow Blackbird

The Great-tailed Grackle is a medium-sized songbird with a range that extends from west-central parts of the United States down into Central America and northern parts of South America.

The grackle's range has been expanding north and west in the recent past. Part of its range overlaps with the very similar Boat-tailed Grackle. The Great-tailed Grackle diet consists of fruit, seed, and prey items including invertebrates.

The Great-tailed Grackle has a stable population and a conservation status of Least Concern as of December 2013.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 24 December 2007
Scientific Name
Quiscalus mexicanus
  • Passeriformes
  • Icteridae
  • Quiscalus
  • Q. mexicanus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 5 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
15 to 18.1 inches
18.9 to 22.8 inches
3.7 to 6.7 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 大尾拟八哥
Czech (Cesky) Vlhovec Velkoocasý
Danish (Dansk) Kragegrackel
Dutch (Nederlands) Langstaarttroepiaal
Finnish (Suomi) Pitkäpyrstöturpiaali
French (Français) Quiscale à Longue Queue
German (Deutsch) Dohlengrackel
Italian (Italiano) Gracchio Messicano
Japanese (日本語) オナガクロムクドリモドキ (Onagakuromukudorimodoki)
Norwegian (Norsk) Storhaletrupial
Polish (Polski) Wilgowron Meksykanski
Russian (русский язык) Большехвостый гракл
Spanish (Español) Zanate Mexicano
Swedish (Svenska) Mexikobåtstjärt
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