Boat-tailed Grackles


Boat-tailed Grackles are a coastal grackle species, found along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and all of Florida. 

They are noisy scavengers.  I’ve had to chase a small flock from our campsite a few times (sending them on to someone else’s hehe).


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Boat-tailed Grackles (males)


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Boat-tailed Grackle (male)


The females are half the size of the males and more shy, usually staying out of sight. 


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Boat-tailed Grackle (female)


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Boat-tailed Grackle (male) chomping on a seed


For the males, eye color ranges from bright yellow along the Atlantic Coast to a dull brown along the western Gulf Coast.


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Boat-tailed Grackle (male)



40 thoughts on “Boat-tailed Grackles

    • The males can be a bit comical at times, when they walk, they take long strides, and noisy, oh my! But in habitat, they are stunning when the light hits the males just right. I think the gals are pretty too!

  1. I so enjoyed your photos of the boat-tailed grackles, Donna. The males with their iridescence are so beautiful, and you captured them well in the light. Also good images highlighting their spectacular tails. Wonderful info of a bird I don’t see often, but love it when I do.

    • Thanks Jet, the males are everywhere and let you know it, lol. The females have really kept in hiding, I was thrilled to get a pretty shot of one at a marina. She’s what enticed me to really put effort into getting the male photos to post for comparison since they are so different. 🙂

  2. I love these grackles.They are so good looking and they know how to pose for pictures. You did a great job with the camera. 🙂

  3. I’ve never heard of grackles before, the males look stunning with the shimmer of colours on their feathers. The one on the beach looks like a dude with attitude as he strides along! 😀

    • We have three species, there’s a Common Grackle, smaller with no grand tail to show off, and then a Great-tailed exclusive to our Southwest U.S. 🙂 You’re correct on their stride, they take long ones, it looks comical, this fella had me laughing at him. 🙂

  4. Great pictures! I had no idea there were different kinds of grackles. It looks like the ones I saw in St. Marys, Georgia eight years ago were boat-tailed grackles, too. Thank you! I learned something new today. 🙂

  5. Have mercy! I had never encountered a Grackle until I moved to Central Texas. They were Great-tailed Grackles and are most likely just as noisy. They resemble each other so much. Those crazy birds can sound like sirens & breaking glass. A group of them in a tree in the parking lot of a grocery store scared the crap out of me. I didn’t know birds could sound like that.

    The males are funny when it is breeding season.

    • 😅 😂 I’ve had the boat-tails here in the campground making crazy noises too, several times they’ve had me checking out “what bird’s making that sound?” hehe I’ve not photographed a Great-tailed, hopefully some day. 😉

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