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common name applied to some members of the New World family Icteridae, which also includes blackbirds, orioles, meadowlarks, cowbirds, and others. The plumage of the purple, or common, grackle of the Atlantic coastal region is black with metallic hues, iridescent in the sunlight. It feeds on grain and harmful insects, but it is a cannibalistic nest robber. Grackles invade cities and roost in huge flocks. The bronzed grackle, which interbreeds with the purple, is found further inland and W to the Rocky Mts.; in the South are found the Florida and boat-tailed grackles, in Texas and Mexico the great-tailed grackles, or jackdaws. Grackles are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Passeriformes, family Icteridae.
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Species Common Name Agelaius phoeniceus Red-winged Blackbird Baeolophus bicolor Tufted Titmouse Cardinalis cardinalis Northern Cardinal Carduelis tristis American Goldfinch Corvus brachyrhynchos American Crow Cyanocitta cristata Blue Jay Mimus polyglottos Northern Mockingbird Molothrus ater Brown-headed Cowbird Pipilo erythrophthalmus Eastern Towhee Poecile atricapilla Black-capped Chickadee Poecile carolinensis Carolina Chickadee Quiscalus quiscula Common Grackle Sialia sialis Eastern Bluebird Sitta carolinensis White-breasted Nuthatch Sturnus vulgaris European Starling Thryothorus ludovicianus Carolina Wren Turdus migratorius American Robin Species Bluebell Bohm Sweet William Agelaius phoeniceus 0.
7) R phoeniceus Quiscalus Great-tailed Grackle mexicanus Mololhrus aeneus Bronzed Cowbird Molothrus ater Brown-headed Cowbird Icterus spurius Orchard Oriole 4 5(2.
Of special note is the addition to this highly recommended picturebook for children a very special educational section, 'For Creative Minds', that provides children with fun facts about birds, 'bird math', bird injuries, and a 'Match the Nest' activity with nest information for Magpies, Killdeer, Robins, Screech-Owls, Starlings, Brewer's Blackbird; the Common Grackle, Meadowlarks, Whip-poor-wills, Mourning Doves, and the Northern Oriole.
Native birds or locally breeding migratory songbirds observed in the basin and nearby areas include northern mockingbird, house finch, lark sparrow, Brewer's blackbird, Say's phoebe, black phoebe, lesser goldfinch, Anna's hummingbird, cliff swallow, and great-tailed grackle.
Common name Genus and species Canada Goose Branta canadensis Mallard Anas platyrhynchos Bufflehead Bucephala albeola Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator American Coot Fulica americana American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum Northern Shrike Lanius excubitor American Tree Sparrow Spizella arborea Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater Common Redpoll Carduelis flammea American Goldfinch Carduelis ristis Table 2 Winter resident bird species in the Grand Calumet River corridor.
Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus)--a beautiful species birders would likely have on their list to see on a trip to the Sierra--is only afforded a two inch square while the recently invading Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) is allotted twice as much.
1991) observed that merlin had the highest rate of success when hunting small birds such as sparrows (56% catches of house sparrows, Passer domesticus; 50% catches of chipping sparrows, Spizella passerina) and the lowest rate of success when hunting larger birds such as American robin (Turdus migratorius, 11%), cedar waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum), common grackle (Quiscalus quisula), and eastern kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus, 0%) during the breeding season.