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Great-tailed Grackle

Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)

Chats & Blackbirds Rare Fall, Summer and Spring
Great-tailed Grackle

Great-tailed Grackle, male - South Padre Island, TX
© Tom Benson

Great-tailed Grackle

Great-tailed Grackle, female - Salton Sea, CA
© Brad Singer

The Great-tailed Grackle is a rare visitor to campus with about a dozen sightings scattered between March and September. It is an uncommon to fairly common, year-round breeding resident throughout southern California.

High Count: 3, Average Count: 1-3

The male Great-tailed Grackle is glossy black with a yellow eye and a long, keeled tail. Females are brown with a yellow eye and a long, keeled tail.