Slender-billed grackle

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Slender-billed grackle
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Icteridae
Genus: Quiscalus
Species: Q. palustris
Binomial name
Quiscalus palustris
(Swainson, 1827)
Quiscalus palustris map.svg
The range of the slender-billed grackle, in Mexico

The slender-billed grackle (Quiscalus palustris) was a species of bird in the family Icteridae. The species was closely related to the western clade of the great-tailed grackle, from which it diverged around 1.2 million years ago.[2]


The slender-billed grackle was endemic to central Mexico. It is recorded as having occurred in the Valley of Mexico and the Toluca Valley. Although later records indicated that it might be a marsh specialist, older observations recorded in the General History of the Things of New Spain by Fray Bernardino de Sahagún indicate that it was formerly found in cultivated areas and towns.[3] It became extinct due to habitat loss.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Quiscalus palustris". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Powell, Alexis F. L. A.; Barker, F. Keith & Scott M. Lanyon (2008). "A Complete Species-Level Phylogeny of the Grackles (Quiscalus spp.), Including the Extinct Slender-Billed Grackle, Inferred from Mitochondrial DNA". The Condor 110 (4): 718–728. doi:10.1525/cond.2008.8633. 
  3. ^ Haemig, Paul D. (2009). "Ecology and Ethnobiology of the Slender-billed Grackle Quiscalus palustris". Journal of Ornithology 151 (2): 391–399. doi:10.1007/s10336-009-0467-2.