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1. Any of several blackbirds of the family Icteridae found throughout the Americas, especially those of the genus Quiscalus, having iridescent blackish plumage.
2. Any of several Asian mynas of the genus Gracula.

[New Latin Grācula, genus name, from Latin grāculus, jackdaw; see gerə- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Animals) Also called: crow blackbird any American songbird of the genera Quiscalus and Cassidix, having a dark iridescent plumage: family Icteridae (American orioles)
2. (Animals) any of various starlings of the genus Gracula, such as G. religiosa (Indian grackle or hill mynah)
[C18: from New Latin Grācula, from Latin grāculus jackdaw]


(ˈgræk əl)

1. any of several long-tailed New World blackbirds, esp. of the genus Quiscalus, as the common North American species Q. quiscula, having iridescent black plumage.
2. any of several Old World birds of the family Sturnidae, esp. certain mynas.
[1765–75; < New Latin Gracula a genus of mynas < Latin grāculus jackdaw]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.grackle - glossy black Asiatic starling often taught to mimic speechgrackle - glossy black Asiatic starling often taught to mimic speech
mina, minah, myna, myna bird, mynah, mynah bird - tropical Asian starlings
2.grackle - long-tailed American blackbird having iridescent black plumagegrackle - long-tailed American blackbird having iridescent black plumage
blackbird, New World blackbird - any bird of the family Icteridae whose male is black or predominantly black
purple grackle, Quiscalus quiscula - eastern United States grackle
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When you see hummingbirds at your feeder, then fledglings of larger birds like robins and grackles will be begging for food from their parents.
As a mother helps her little one settle down for the night, she tells how all sorts mama and papa birds nest with their babies: pigeons, owls, swallows, grackles, eagles.
Color evolution among grackles and their kin is not about males showing off their fine feathers.
Lice (Mallophaga order) were found on 5 Boat-tailed Grackles (Quiscalus major), but no ectoparasites were observed on Bartonella spp.
Pigeons, starlings, sparrows, cowbirds, grackles and other species find tree filled downtown and urban areas predator free.
in the war I have made a fem pop ass crack cancer of the whole rabbit coming, of the grackles in the ramble at the rabbi's house,
Our small, ocher-painted dwelling had a red-tiled roof and blue shutters and its large bougainvillea bushes and thorny citrus and mandarin trees were frequented by minute hummingbirds, grackles, and noisy vireos; little yellow bananaquits would often fly into the rooms and perch on the fans.
Bark lice (Liposcelis) were in nests of 11 species, including yellow-billed cuckoos (Coccyzus americanus), eastern phoebes (Sayornis phoebe), blue jays (Cyanocitta cristata), house wrens (Troglodytes aedon), marsh wrens (Telmatodytes palustris), American robins (Turdus migratorius), gray catbirds (Dumetella carolinensis), brown thrashers (Toxostoma rufum), rose-breasted grosbeaks (Pheucticus ludovicianus), common grackles (Quiscalus quiscula), and house sparrows (Passer domesticus).
There are at least two pairs of cardinals and their offspring among the regulars, along with yellow and purple finches (they turn brown for winter) as well as a rose-breasted grosbeak, red-bellied and downy woodpeckers, cowbirds, grackles, robins and blue jays.
Venous blood gas and lactate values of mourning doves (Zenaida macroura), boat-tailed grackles (Quiscalus major), and house sparrows (Passer domesticus) after capture by mist net, banding, and venipuncture.
Having named these lofty ideas he will now, as a matter of course, have an epiphany about the importance of the everyday, in this case "the snow peas / we planted and the oily feathers / of the grackles.