Greater Antillean Grackle

Information about the Bird Greater Antillean Grackle

The Greater Antillean grackle (Quiscalus niger) is a grackle found throughout the Greater Antilles as well as smaller, nearby islands. Like all Quiscalus grackles, it is a rather large, gregarious bird. It lives largely in heavily settled areas.

The 27cm (11in)-long male is glossy black with a large rudder-like tail; the 24cm (9.4in)-long female has a smaller tail and is similar in color but less glossy than the male. The eye is yellow and is the only non-black body part.
There are seven subspecies, each restricted to one island or island group. They differ from the nominate Q. n. niger subspecies in size, bill size, and colour tone.

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