BIRDS OF THE BALTIMORE-WASHINGTON METRO AREA
METROPOLITAN NATURALIST
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)

The Common Grackle is one of several very common black birds. This bird is a year-round resident
here, often traveling in very large flocks. The Common Grackle has iridescent black feathers, yellow
eyes, a long bill and a long tail.

The male and female common grackle are very similar in appearance. The female may be less shiny
than the male but the sexes are not easily distinguished.

Common Grackles have a varied diet consisting of seeds, grain, berries, insects, frogs, and birds
eggs.
Common Grackle
Common Grackle
Common Grackle
Common Grackle
Common Grackle
Common Grackle