Greater Antillean grackle
|Greater Antillean grackle|
|Q. n. gundlachii, Cayo Coco, Cuba|
|Range of Q. niger|
The Greater Antillean grackle (Quiscalus niger) is a grackle found throughout the Greater Antilles as well as smaller, nearby islands. Like all Quiscalus grackles, it is a rather large, gregarious bird. It lives largely in heavily settled areas.
The 27 cm (11 in)-long male is glossy black with a large rudder-like tail; the 24 cm (9.4 in)-long female has a smaller tail and is similar in color but less glossy than the male. The eye is yellow and is the only non-black body part. The Greater antillean Grackle will eat anything that can fit in its mouth.They eat fruits,bread, plant matter,and small Vertebrates and invertebrates
- Q. n. caribaeus – (Todd, 1916): found in western Cuba and on Isle of Pines
- Q. n. gundlachii – Cassin, 1867: found in central and eastern Cuba
- Q. n. caymanensis – Cory, 1886: found on Grand Cayman Island
- Q. n. bangsi – (Peters, JL, 1921): found on Little Cayman Island
- Q. n. crassirostris – Swainson, 1838: found in Jamaica
- Q. n. niger – (Boddaert, 1783): nominate, found on Hispaniola
- Q. n. brachypterus – Cassin, 1867: found in Puerto Rico
- BirdLife International (2012). "Quiscalus niger". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
- Bond, James (1993). Birds of the West Indies (fifth ed.). Houghton-Mifflin. ISBN 978-0618002108.
- Gill, F.; Donsker, D., eds. (2014). "IOC World Bird List". IOC World Bird List (v 4.2). doi:10.14344/IOC.ML.4.2.
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- BirdLife species factsheet for Quiscalus niger
- "Greater Antillean grackle media". Internet Bird Collection.
- Greater Antillean grackle photo gallery at VIREO (Drexel University)
- Greater Antillean grackle species account at Neotropical Birds (Cornell Lab of Ornithology)