My first field guide shows the
range of the great-tailed grackle as far west as west Texas and eastern
New Mexico. The next edition shows them in Arizona. The
most recent edition shows them in the Colorado River valley, the
eastern edge of California.
In November 2001, I discovered a flock
in a shopping
center in Long Beach, California. They are well established
in this area now.
This shiny black male shows the tail
for which the birds are named.
The female is lighter in color than the male. Grackles
seem to do well forageing in the shopping center parking lot. And
appearantly they are nesting in an adjacent park.
[Taxonomy : Classification]
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