All photographs were taken by Nathan Collie on location at Old Town.

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Conservation Status

Common Grackles are very common and widespread. However, their population is in steep decline. Between 1966 and 2019, their population has decreased by 54% according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Grackles often roost in large numbers near food sources such as corn, soybeans, and cherries. This sometimes leads to them being labeled as agricultural pests- a label which allows them to be exterminated in large numbers.


Grackles have adapted well to human-made landscapes, and can often be found in parks, cities, and suburbs. Any open area with scattered trees will work well for them, such as open woodlands, forest edges, farmlands, and grasslands.