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Little thief!! Boat-Tailed Female Gracle

This bird and one of his accomplices were flying to and fro the restaurant tables stealing little packets of sugar.


Boat-tailed Grackles (Quiscalus major) Males are black, Females brown. These birds are 25-35 cm long and have a wingspan of 40-50 cm.

The grackle is mostly found in coastal saltwater marshes, but also in inland wetlands near the coast, in agricultural fields and even in urban areas.

They mostly eat small crabs, shrimps and other aquatic invertebrates, In urban areas near restaurants they steal from your plate, if you turn your head and garbage is their biggest food source.

Boat-billed grackles nest in colonies. Both males and females are often promiscuous and the females are responsible for building the nest, placed in a tree or bush near water.

The females are also more aggresive in stealing, as they ofted have to feed big family.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on April 27, 2012
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    by tor tom
    • Camera: Panasonic DMC-ZS5
    • Taken on 2011/12/10 07:07:39
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 49.20mm
    • F/Stop: f/6.300
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash