Length 15-18". Male Iridescent blue-black with a long keeled tail and a yellow eye. Female brown backed with a buffy chest and breast.
Similar species- Common Grackle is smalller, Brewer's Blackbird has shorter tail.
A series of loud clacks and whistles, raucous.
Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and rapidly expanding into Nevada, southern Oregon, and southern Idaho. Irrigated agriculture has allowed the expansion of the species throughout the West.
Marshes and riparian zones near rivers, as well as open farmlands with scattered groves of trees, and around human habitation.
Insects, fruit, grain, and seeds, as well as lizards, bird eggs, and ectoparasites off domestic stock.
Nest in colonies, where they displace native species either directly or by eating their eggs and young. Frequently feed aroundlivestock, where they are loud and vocal birds.
Promiscuous. Female builds a cup nest in reeds or brush where she lays 3-5 eggs. They are incubated by the female only for 13-14 days, and young are fed by the female for anouther 20-23 days. Nested in Marshing area along the Snake River, probably near Lake Lowell, and near Burley.
|Status:||Protected nongame species|
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