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Need help I was told it's a Female Grackle (1 Viewer)


Taken 6/14/2020 at Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, United States of American on the river. I was told it was a female Grackle is it?

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Beak and foot shapes look good for an icterid. It's not an adult- I'd recognize it instantly if it were. Sub-adult something -- and it may not be possible to know male or female. Grackle seems like a possibility. I don't think the beak is heavy enough for brown-headed cowbird, which otherwise would be a decent match for color and pattern, and I don't think it's a red-winged blackbird, though I'm having trouble saying why - something about the face pattern, mostly. I believe the grackles at that location are boat-tailed and common. If I had to pick between those two, I'd guess boat-tailed. But don't quote me - I'd want to take a second look at other possibilities, like rusty blackbird (when do they migrate?).


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I think that this is a non-adult-male Boat-tailed Grackle. More I will not say.

I'm quite sure it's a Boat-tailed, too. Even the dullest female Commons should not be so pale below and shouldn't have such dark brown eyes. Coastal location keeps Boat-tailed in the equation, too.

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