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Great-tailed Grackle

(Quiscalus mexicanus)

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Male is largish black bird with purple gloss, especially on head and back, long black tail that folds to V-shape, large black bill, yellowish eye; female is brownish with darker wings and lighter eyestripe, yellowish eye, black bill; male to43cm (17in); female to 33cm (13in). (Clarinero, Zanate Grande).


Low and middle elevations Caribbean and Pacific slopes; found in open habitats such as grasslands, pastures, roadsides, and, in drier areas, along lakes and waterways.

Found in the following Parks:

Arenal Volcano National Park.
Braulio Carrillo National Park.
Carara National Park.
Cahuita National Park.
Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge.
Corcovado National Park.
Manuel Antonio National Park.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve (Fotos).
Palo Verde National Park.
Santa Rosa Nacional Park.
Tortuguero National Park.

If you want to read about Eco-Tourism, Ecology, Behavior, Breeding and more of Costa Ricas' Fauna, we recommend to buy the Travelers' Wildlife Guide of Costa Rica by Les Beletzky (or Belesky) with beautiful illustrations by Davis Dennis. This priceless guide is our constant companion, when we travel around Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
To buy the complete book visit Interlink Books

The team of Discovery Travel World wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.

Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus), Costa Rica