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Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) at Cloisters Park in Morro Bay California 2016. | by Atascaderocoachsam
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Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) at Cloisters Park in Morro Bay California 2016.

Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) A big, brash blackbird, the male Great-tailed Grackle shimmers in iridescent black and purple, and trails a tail that will make you look twice. The rich brown females are about half the male’s size. Great-tailed grackles have an unusually large repertoire of vocalizations that are used year-round. Males use a wider variety of vocalization types, while females engage mostly in "chatter". Because of their loud vocalizations, great-tailed grackles are considered a pest species by some.

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Taken on March 30, 2016