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Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus


Named for its impressively long and wide tail, the Great-tailed Grackle is a conspicuous member of any avifauna where it is present. A habitat generalist, the Great-tailed Grackle seems to require only large open areas where it can forage on the ground, and  scattered trees for nesting; it commonly is encountered in pastures, residential areas, fields and grasslands. Formerly restricted to Central American, the coast of northwestern South America, and the south central United States, the Great-tailed Grackle is gradually expanding its range northward into central North America, aided by the irrigation of dry areas and the planting of trees in formerly treeless landscapes

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Recommended Citation

Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: