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I need to know what kind of bird this is... I *think* it's just an American Crow - but I'm not positive. I need someone who knows their birds, lol. Umm, I took the pics in MA so it has to be native to there.






 

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We have those here where i live but i do not know what they are called. They are really shiny and pretty arent they?:)


I do not think they are crows. Crows are much larger and sturdier.

Have you heard them make any noises? Crows go...."ca....ca...ca... ca...". They are very loud!
The little shiny ones like the ones pictured that we have here make more of a "cheeeeep, cheeeep, cheeeep" noise.

Here is a good bird site. I found the crow but have no idea what to look under for the other one.
North American Bird Photography Gallery
 

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We have some birds here, that look like yours... we call them "changos". I looked it up, and the scientific name is Quiscalus niger brachypterus

Here is a picture of one I found
Chango on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

And of course, the wikipedia article Greater Antillean Grackle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia says that it's name in english is greater antillean grackle and all it's subspecies are related to caribbean islands... so might not be it... but then, birds fly and travel around the world... so it might be... LOL
 

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Hmm... I'm stumped then.

I did kind of think they looked like the pictures of American Crows.

Like going by this
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/birding123i/BRD_IDSizeRef_Woodpeckers.gif
for example, they look at least douple the size of a sparrow and if you see in second picture the black one compared to the sparrow.

I thought crows were smaller and ravens were the really big ones?

I have them on video tape with sound but there are so many other bird sounds that I don't know who's saying what! lol
 

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I looked around a bit more and found that it may be a Common Grackle

North American Bird Photography Gallery

I found it on the column on the left..under...Blackbirds :) Makes sense!

These look like the ones we have here. I know that the males are always really shiny, almost shine bluish in the sunlight...and the females are a dull black. Sometimes a little bit brownish black looking.


I thought crows were smaller and ravens were the really big ones?
Ravens are larger than crows, your right.
 

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THe grackles here are all black, well.. lately I've been some variations that have some white feathers... but most of the time they are all black. And as far as I know they are related to crows. Here in PR we don't have crows or jays, but CDC people were performing check-ups on changos for west-nile virus (since crows and jays are the amplifiers of the virus, the closest that we have here are the changos...)
 

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I think maybe they might be grackles that just arn't as colorful as some of the ones in pictures.

I looked up how grackles sound online and those birds do sound more like grackles then crows but they don't sound exactly like the calls I listened to online - they don't sound as high pitched.

So everyone thinks their grackles and now crows??
 

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I think they are Common Grackles. They might be related to crows as Padfoot stated.
Did you look at the column on the left at that website. They have them listed under Blackbirds (Icteridae) and not under Crows/Jays (Corvidae)


Its a pretty Blackbird of some sort whatever it is!
 

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re what kind of bird is this

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hi there,
its hard to tell the difference in the first and last pic, but if the bird in the center pic is the same as the others, then I think what you have here is a fledgling (juvenile) Grackle, which basically looks like a common blackbird.
They have the iridescent coat, and the way to tell the difference is they have a longer slimmer and slightly curved beak on them, whereas the blackbirds beak is a little shorter and stouter, or fatter looking.
The middle pic definitely looks like a grackle's beak. They can be very aggressive birds if you get too close to their nests, and are usually the ones you see dive bombing other animals and even people.
Hope this helps. :)

Raine


I need to know what kind of bird this is... I *think* it's just an American Crow - but I'm not positive. I need someone who knows their birds, lol. Umm, I took the pics in MA so it has to be native to there.







 

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yeah i got here too late or i'd have told you, grackle lol. if it has a brown head then it's a cowbird
 
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