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Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)

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


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Tempe, Arizona
Little Rock, Arkansas
Hayward, California
Littleton, Colorado
Dover, Delaware
Big Pine Key, Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Lecanto, Florida
Melbourne, Florida
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Montpelier, Idaho
Algonquin, Illinois
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
Clark, New Jersey
Marlton, New Jersey
Rancocas, 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
Edisto Island, 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:


On Jul 16, 2018, boxwood4 from Rancocas, NJ wrote:

We only see a few at a time he in Rancocas, NJ. They come to pond for water and get bugs then go on I guess. Our big problem with aggressors are robins.

They're messy, harass the smaller birds, fight with each other, ruin our fruits...flocks come in spring and bombard our cabin in back, deck, and umbrellas. A lot of clean up work for us.

A few stay all year. Seems that a few aren't a problem of grackles or robins but just flocks.


On Jul 16, 2018, walterp from Clark, NJ wrote:

I dread the spring flocks of them coming up from the south where a small group will stay here through the fall to raise their young. I enjoy the songbirds that migrate through. and love the ones that stay. I provide plenty of the right food, fresh clean water and trees and shrubs for shelter.
I find, when that small group of grackles who decide to stay, most pair up and mate. I always see a group of about of six "bachelors" that aggressively scout for food, harass the other birds for the "nesters" until the "nesters" chicks are old enough to fend for themselves. I've seen the adults bring the chicks to the robin's second nesting to raid their nest. I hate them!
My three worst birds that raid the feeder are crackles, doves and pigeons.


On Jul 16, 2018, anniegolden from Dover, DE wrote:

I have a handful of grackles in my central Delaware small residential yard almost every day, hopping around on the lawn. I don't put out bird feeders, and don't have a bird bath. Frequently, there are grackles on the ground at the same time as robins. I have never witnessed any aggression. They seem to have not driven away the other birds, and I see and hear cardinals, blue jays, mourning doves, fish crows, catbirds and woodpeckers regularly. Occasionally, owls and hawks. Rarely, treecreepers.


On Mar 25, 2016, azsilvia from Tempe, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Very common in my area and they are permanent residents year around. They roost in great numbers in the largest trees in the city and their obnoxious calls can be deafening if you are nearby. You would be very unlucky if you had one of these roosting trees in your yard! If you have a water source in your yard they will come. They will also dunk their culinary finds into the water to soften before eating and will jealously guard their treasure before eating it. This behavior makes a mess of bird baths, leaving bread crumbs or grease from the neighbor's dog food. Grackles love water and are smart enough to know that when yards are watered or it rains insects and worms come to the soil surface and they feast. You will see them wade through shallow water as they comb the lawn for tasty mo... read more


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!


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.


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.


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?


On Feb 19, 2010, plantladylin from (Zone 1) 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!


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.


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.


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.