Nature Journal
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Common Grackle Identification Tips
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
General Information
- Very long tail
- Long bill
- Frequently gathers in large flocks

- Entirely black plumage
- Entirely purple or purple and greenish iridescence to
- Pale eye

- Dark eye
- Dark brown plumage

Similar species
The Common Grackle is similar to blackbirds but is larger with a much longer tail.

Male Great-tailed and Boat-tailed Grackles are similar but larger with longer tails.
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