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Boat-tailed Grackle added to the Aviary

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The Boat-tailed Grackle is one of only about a dozen bird species that are endemic to the United States (i.e., found nowhere else in the world). These loud, often obnoxious, blackbirds are found along the salt water coast and inland in Florida.

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You can’t miss their long keel-shaped tail, their helicopter sounding wing beat or their iridescent black plumage, at least on the males. Females are much smaller and drab brown. Young males are black but lack the adult’s iridescence.grackle

They are omnivores, eating everything from bugs, berries, seeds, human food scraps and crustaceans scavenged from the shoreline.

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Other grackles include Common Grackle and the Great-tailed, which has yellow eyes whereas the Boat-tailed has dark eyes.

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To see additional high resolution photos of Boat-tailed Grackles visit the Aviary HERE

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