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Carib Grackle in Barbados
Carib Grackle in Barbados

The Carib Grackle (Quiscalus lugubris) is a New World tropical blackbird, a resident breeder in the Lesser Antilles and northern South America east of the Andes, from Colombia east to Venezuela and north-eastern Brazil.

Carib Grackle in Barbados
Carib Grackle in Barbados

The adult male Carib Grackle is 27 cm long with a long wedge-shaped tail, although the latter is not so long as with other grackles. Its plumage is entirely black with a violet iridescence, its eyes are yellow, and it has a strong dark bill. The adult female is 23 cm long, with a shorter tail and brown plumage, darker on the upperparts. Young males are shorter tailed than adult males and have some brown in the plumage. Young females are very similar to the adult females.

Carib Grackle in Barbados

The Carib Grackle is a highly gregarious species, foraging on the ground for insects, other invertebrates, or scraps. It can become very tame and bold, entering restaurants to seek food, normally feeding on leftovers. It will form groups to attack potential predators, such dogs, mongooses or humans, and at night it roosts colonially.

Carib Grackle in a tree in Barbados
Carib Grackle in a tree in Barbados

The Carib grackle’s song is a mixture of harsh and more musical ringing notes, with a bell-like tickita-tickita-tickita-ting and a rapid chi-chi-chi-chi being typical. The calls vary in dialect between islands and the bird usually fluffs up its feathers when calling. [Wikipedia]

3 comments on “Carib Grackle

  1. ghostmmnc says:

    I don’t know if it is the exact same kind as these, but we have lots of Grackles here. They are very loud, and pretty much go around in large flocks. 🙂

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    1. The ones you see are not the same species, but they are similar in appearance. We have Grackles here in Delaware too.

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      1. ghostmmnc says:

        Thanks! 🙂


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