Hello again! As mentioned yesterday, here is the purple headed variety of the common grackle. Otherwise these two grackles look the same and are always together. They breed from the gulf coast to northern Canada. They are 11 to 13 inches (28 to 34cm) long, but they do have long tails making up a good portion of that length. They like to do something called “anting” where they lay on the ground next to an ant colony and allow the ants to crawl all over them. The ants release formic acid on the bird which helps to repel lice and other insects. Other birds will do this too. The oldest recorded grackle (not in captivity) was 23 years old, so they can live a long time. But their numbers have decreased by about 60% in the last 40 years. Have a wonderful day everyone and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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