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Great-tailed Grackle Photos

Photography by Terry Sohl

My Favorite: Great-tailed Grackles are a relatively new arrival in South Dakota. When I first started birding in 2000, it was a species that was expanding their range northward (ahem...climate change), and was just starting to regularly be found in southern parts of the state.  The photo below is from Lincoln County, South Dakota, and provides a nice look at the overall structure of a male Great-tailed Grackle and that glorious tail.

Great-tailed Grackle - Quiscalus mexicanus

Great-tailed Grackle 1 - Quiscalus mexicanus Great-tailed Grackle 2 - Quiscalus mexicanus Great-tailed Grackle 3 - Quiscalus mexicanus Great-tailed Grackle 4 - Quiscalus mexicanus

Great-tailed Grackle 1 (Male)

April 17th, 2005

Lincoln County, South Dakota

Great-tailed Grackle 2 (Male)

May 2nd, 2010

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Great-tailed Grackle 3 (Female)

April 17th, 2005

Lincoln County, South Dakota

Great-tailed Grackle 4 (Male)

April 17th, 2005

Lincoln County, South Dakota

Great-tailed Grackle 5 - Quiscalus mexicanus

Great-tailed Grackle 6 - Quiscalus mexicanus 

Great-tailed Grackle 7 - Quiscalus mexicanus 

Great-tailed Grackle 8 - Quiscalus mexicanus 

Great-tailed Grackle 5 (Male)

May 2nd, 2010

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Great-tailed Grackle 6 (Male)

May 5th, 2019

Lincoln County, South Dakota

Great-tailed Grackle 7 (Male)

May 5th, 2019

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Great-tailed Grackle 8 (Male)

May 5th, 2019

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Click here for the species description page for the Great-tailed Grackle.


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