Utah Bird Profile
  Great-tailed Grackle - Quiscalus mexicanus

Name Roots: (ML. quiscalis, "quail" [strange usage] - of Mexico)

In Utah: I first observed the Great-tailed Grackle in Utah June 6, 1978 as it was flying up the Virgin River channel south of St. George. It was the second verified sighting of this species in the state. Since that time its numbers have increased and it has been reported from many Utah counties. The 1999 Christmas Bird Counts reveal interesting disparities in numbers for this species: Provo, 20; St. George, 224; and the highest number in the United States: Wichita Falls, Texas, 500,000. ~ Merrill Webb

Sightings in Utah

by Jack Binch

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characteristic behaviors:
Nests in a deciduous tree or in a shrub or in a reeds at a height of 2-30 feet, in a cup nest. This species rejects cowbird eggs. This species is an omnivore: ground forager.
Habitat: Breeds in Utah in playa and lowland riparian habitats.
How to find: If you want to find this species in Utah, the most reliable locality is St. George. In Utah Valley try the marshlands at the University Avenue - I-15 Interchange, or at the McDonalds parking lot in the east part of Lehi. ~ Merrill Webb

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