Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Icteridae
Genus: Quiscalus
Species: quiscula

Regional

This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Little Rock, Arkansas
Littleton, Colorado
Big Pine Key, Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Lecanto, Florida
Melbourne, Florida
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Montpelier, Idaho
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Madison, Illinois
Westchester, Illinois
Carmel, Indiana
Corunna, Indiana
Dubuque, Iowa
Hebron, Kentucky
Irvine, Kentucky
Melbourne, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Clinton, Maryland
Halifax, Massachusetts
Plympton, Massachusetts
Belleville, Michigan
Dearborn, Michigan
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Jackson, Mississippi
Cole Camp, Missouri
Conway, Missouri
Saint Louis, Missouri
Sedalia, Missouri
Las Vegas, Nevada
Beachwood, New Jersey
Marlton, New Jersey
Woodstown, New Jersey
Hobbs, New Mexico
Monument, New Mexico
Himrod, New York
West Islip, New York
Yonkers, New York
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Bucyrus, Ohio
Corning, Ohio
Dayton, Ohio
Geneva, Ohio
Lebanon, Ohio
Hanover, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Columbia, South Carolina
Jonesborough, Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Cleburne, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Gainesville, Texas
Georgetown, Texas
Iowa Park, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah
Ashburn, Virginia
Hurt, Virginia
Keswick, Virginia
Roanoke, Virginia
Walkerton, Virginia
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
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Members' Notes:

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positive
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Negative

On Jan 24, 2009, Gazoodles from Iowa Park, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

I saw a pair of grackles attack nesting robins and drive them off the nest. The grackles then ate the robin eggs. They eat up the grain I put out for my chickens and eat up seed put out for the song birds. There seems to be an over population of these birds here in Texas.

Negative

On Mar 24, 2009, ccove from West Islip, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

These birds are like the horde. They decend on my feeders and wipe it out.

Positive

On Apr 5, 2009, EROCTUSE2 from Belleville, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

An incredibly intelligent bird, native to America, that seems to (unjustifiably) offend many backyard bird feeders. They can be territorial and hungry, and they can form large flocks, but have a right to their place. They've lived here much longer than we have.

They're some of the most beautiful birds this birder has seen, but you know what they say about beauty.

Neutral

On Feb 19, 2010, plantladylin from South Daytona, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

The Common Grackle is a permanent resident in my area and although I keep a few feeders full year round, we only see large flocks of these birds during the winter months. Their presence is sporadic at other times of the year. They are extremely loud and do raid the feeders but the other birds in my yard don't seem intimidated by them.

I've never known or heard of the Common Grackle eating the eggs of other birds and am wondering if LadyPearl is perhaps seeing the American Crow in her area, which indeed is known to eat eggs as well as young birds!

Neutral

On Mar 3, 2010, echohotel12 from Jonesborough, TN wrote:

This past fall, when there was a flock of several hundred migrating through our area, there was one in the group that had white wings.

He stood out like a sore thumb.

The only one that I have seen like this in all of my years.

Has any one else witnessed this in them?

Neutral

On Jun 12, 2010, SaberLily from Winchester, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Grackles are omnivores: I have seen them crowd out other native species at the feeder (even other birds with aggressive reputations) and attack nesting robins (also a native species).

On the upside, grackles eat a lot of insect pests, and they are aesthetically-stunning birds (even if their song is grating). But if you don't want to deal with them, changing your bird feed to seed mixes they don't care for is an easy and effective way to discourage them.

Negative

On Apr 10, 2012, hydey6 from Corunna, IN wrote:

This bird is nothing but a nusiance. They are aggressive to the other birds and even run off the blue jays. I only have 5 or 6 of them hanging around and that is too many! I'm not feeding birds to watch this one bully the others...if there was a way to get rid of them I certainly would.

Negative

On Jul 26, 2012, tlm1 from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I would have to echo what hydey said. They are a nuisance, and a bully at our feeders, and baths. I find nothing beautiful about them. The voice is grating, kind of grackley! Name fits!