Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)

The Great-tailed Grackle has become unpopular for most people due to feeding habits, but the male is a beautiful black bird that shines in blue when exposed to sunlight. Granted they cause trouble to other birds, as they will readily raid nests with eggs and hatchlings, but in some sense that’s really their role in the ecosystem, as with their predatory behavior they prevent some species to grow out of control.

The pictures below was taken during a boat tour in the Tárcoles River, on June 18th, 2017. The tour was guided by Randall Ortega, an expert birder and owner of Mangrove Birding Journey.

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The male has black plumage that can glow blue depending on the light

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The female is rather nondescript with its brown coloration

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