Common Grackle
Quiscalus quiscula
Photo by Peter LaTourrette.  North American Birds Photo Gallery  
Field Marks
  • Very long tail
  • Long bill
  • Frequently gathers in large flocks
  • Entirely black plumage
  • Purple and greenish iridescence to plumage
  • Pale yellow eye


The Common Grackle is found in open areas with scattered, preferably coniferous trees. It has adapted well to human structures and is common in open areas such as suburban developments and city parks. It can also be found in farmlands and orchards.


The Common Grackle is an abundant permanent resident of the Atlanta area.