Family: (Icteridae) Blackbirds and Orioles
Preferred Habitat: May be found almost anywhere.
Seasonal Occurrence: Abundant throughout the year.
Notes: Common Grackles are often seen walking on lawns. They usually occur in flocks, and their creaking calls are easy to identify. Grackles may be distinguished from other blackbirds by their long keel-shaped tails which seem to have a crease running down the center. Adults have yellow eyes; those of juveniles are dark. Common Grackles occur in two color forms: "purple" and "bronzed" where the body has a golden sheen which contrasts with the dark head.
- Susan Billetdeaux