Quiscalus quiscula (Linnaeus, 1758)

Common Grackle

CLASSIFICATION

Main Group: Animal

Sublevel 1: Vertebrate

Sublevel 2: Bird

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Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Icteridae

Genus: Quiscalus

Species: Quiscalus quiscula

STATUS IN NEW ENGLAND

Origin: Native

Invasive, Pest, or Pathogen?: Yes

Listing:
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Rarity Designations: None

BIOLOGY/ECOLOGY

Feeding Type: Heterotroph

HABITAT

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NOTES

Considered an agricultural pest. May also be a nuisance and create health concerns when large numbers of birds roost in areas frequented by people (Dolbeer and Linz, 2016). Common Grackles are known to predate the nests of the federally-threatened Piping Plover (Warren, 2016).

REFERENCES

Dolbeer, R.A. and Linz, G.M. 2016. Blackbirds. Wildlife Damage Management Technical Series. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services. August 2016. Available from: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/wildlife_damage/reports/Wildlife%20Damage%20Management%20Technical%20Series/FINAL_Blackbirds_WDM%20Technical%20Series_Aug2016.pdf.

Warren, D.J. 2016. Management of Predators at Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, Massachusetts for the Enhancement and Protection of Threatened and Endangered Shore Nesting Birds. May 2016 - August 2016 Summary Report. Submitted to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. Prepared by David J. Warren, USDA, APHIS Wildlife Services. August 18, 2016.

PHOTOS OF Quiscalus quiscula

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