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Slightly smaller than an American Robin or Eurasian Blackbird.
The two Euphagus Blackbirds are closely related to the Grackles and are often called by the same name in other languages; (ie Quiscale in French).
Prefers open areas such as ranches and open savanna type habitats with scattered trees. Often found near water. Also a bird of urban areas especially parks and school campuses. Can be a pest around outdoor eating areas.
Generally gregarious most of the time but can be seen singly or in pairs as well. Can be very aggressive when breeding, often attacking any large creature that ventures too close including people.
In some areas very common in parking lots, where it will each insects off the front of parked cars.
Compared to other blackbirds, its undulating flight is more shallow, more-grackle like. On the ground it walks with a bobbing head, it does not hop.
Both sexes give a harsh check call. Lighter than the chuck calls given by grackles. Males also give wheezy songs. A high t,zzzeeee and an almost sneezing ssleeeeezzz. As well as a throaty gurgle. May also give a high clear teeeeee or teeeeer. Usually level in pitch.
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