What bird is this?


Can you name the bird?


  1. #1 Michael Barton
    November 20, 2007

    Is it a Brewer’s Blackbird?

  2. #2 the real cmfc
    November 20, 2007

    a greckle?

  3. #3 Tophe
    November 21, 2007

    Rusty blackbird?

  4. #4 Richard Parker
    November 21, 2007

    It’s a goddam starling or one of near relatives (mynah, perhaps?)

    It might help if you told us where it came from.

    But it is intelligent, omnivorous, social, communicative, and all the rest of the crap that continually gets trotted out to show why we humans have spread as much (and been as temporarily successful) as the starling and sparrow families.

  5. #5 Brian
    November 21, 2007

    Looks like a long-tail grackle to me.

  6. #6 DouglasG
    November 21, 2007

    I would say it is a common grackle (IE purple grackle) I think a greckle was a monetary unit used in Rocky and Bullwinkle.

  7. #7 The Ridger
    November 21, 2007

    I too think it’s a grackle. I just saw some great-tailed grackles in Texas, and this one resembles them, but I think it’s a common grackle.

  8. #8 sailor
    November 21, 2007

    It looks like a Carib Grackle to me.

  9. #9 Anne Gilbert
    November 21, 2007

    It looks like a robin. A melanistic robin. Unless it’s a European blackbird, which is closely related. It doesn’t (quite) look like any sort of grackle to me. Of course, I haven’t seen any grackles here in the state of Washington; I don’t think grackles exist around here. But when I lived in Texas, I saw a lot of grackles, and though the coloring is right, it just doesn’t look right! It could be a starling, though. I’ve seen lots of those!
    Anne G

  10. #10 Greg Laden
    November 27, 2007

    I believe it is a Cape Glossy Starling, Lamprotornis nitens.

    It could be a Miombo blue-eared starling, but that would be very rare where this bird was seen, in South Africa.

  11. #11 The Ridger
    November 28, 2007

    Anne G is right, now I think about it. The legs are wrong for a grackle. And the neck. I don’t know what it is.

  12. #12 Peregrine Craig Nash
    November 29, 2007

    I reckon its a Blue Eared Glossy Starling