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Common Grackle -
(Quiscalus quiscula)



  • Large blackbird, multi-colored
  • Iridescence
  • Long wedge-shaped tail
  • Oily sheen, looks bluish-purple or green
  • Yellow eyes
  • Female is slightly smaller, less iridescent,
         and shorter tail
  • 12.5" (32 cm.) 


  • Open areas, forest edges

Additional Information

  • Abundant migrant and summer resident
  • Opportunist birds--eat a wide variety of
         foods, including insects, seeds,
         small fish, eggs and nestlings
  • May nest in colonies or singly
  • Prefer conifers for nesting
  • Common bird in the KVR

Common Grackle high atop the spruce tree

Grackle on the ground showing iridescent colors 


The Kickapoo Reserve Management Board acknowledges that the state and federal lands that comprise the Reserve fall within the ancestral homelands of First Nations people including the Hooçak Nation. We recognize the sovereignty of the Hooçak and other First Nations and will work towards a shared future by continuing to create collaborative opportunities to protect and preserve these lands.

Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962

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