Range. - South Atlantic and Gulf States; north to Virginia.

This handsome bird measures about 16 inches in length, is irridescent with purplish and greenish, and has a very long, graduated and hollowed tail. These Grackles are very abundant residents along the Gulf, breeding in large colonies in swamps, placing their nests of weeds, moss, grasses, etc., in bushes, trees, cans or rushes, but a few inches above the water, while those in trees are sometimes 50 feet above the ground. The eggs are laid in March, April or May, are from three to five in number, and are a dull bluish or grayish white, streaked, lined, clouded and blotched with brown, black and gray; size 1.25 X.95

Grayish white

Grayish white.

513 Boat Tailed Grackle Megaquiscalus Major Major 1026

513a. Great-Tailed Grackle. Megaquiscalus Major Macrourus

Range. - Mexico to southern and eastern Texas.

This variety is larger than the last (length 18 inches) and the tail is very broad and flat.

Grayish white

Grayish white.

Like the former, they nest in bushes, rushes or trees at any elevation from the ground. The nests are built of the same materials and the eggs are similar to those of the Boat-tailed Grackle, but larger; size 1.28 x .88.