February 2014


The male Great-Tailed Grackle was photographed in San Antonio, Texas

The male Great-Tailed Grackle was photographed in San Antonio, Texas

The female Great-Tailed Grackle was photographed in San Antonio, Texas

The female Great-Tailed Grackle was photographed in San Antonio, Texas

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The male Great-Tailed grackle is a large purple-blue-glossed bird with long tail and pale yellow eyes. The female Great-tailed Grackle is much smaller than the male and is brown-gray with a paler breast and pale yellow-white eyes. It has a range from the southwest United States to Peru. It has a habitat in open and semi open country, groves, thickets, farms, towns, and city parks. Its diet is varied that includes insects, spiders, millipedes, snails, crayfish, tadpoles, small fish, lizards, and eggs. It often feeds and moves in flocks.

 

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The Black-Bellied Whistling Duck was photographed at San Antonio, Texas, a normal year-round area for the duck.

The Black-Bellied Whistling Duck was photographed at San Antonio, Texas, a normal year-round area for the duck.

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The Black-Bellied Whistling Duck is a goose-like rusty duck with black belly, broad white patch on forewing, bright coral-red bill, and long pink legs. The immature has grayer bill, legs, and belly. It has a pale eye-ring. It has a range of Texas and Arizona to Northern Argentina. It has a habitat of ponds, lakes and fresh marshes; favors shallow fresh water lakes and ponds with trees. It feeds mainly on seeds and grains, and some insects, and snails.

The Fulvous Whistling Duck was photographed at the San Antonio, Texas Zoo

The Fulvous Whistling Duck was photographed at the San Antonio, Texas Zoo

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The Fulvous Whistling Duck is tan with a dark bill and legs, a dark back, a pale side stripe, and a white rump. It is a tawny goose-like duck that is found grazing in open fields or tipping up in shallow ponds. It has a range from Southern United States (Texas to Florida coasts) to Central America. It has a habitat in marshes, mostly coastal. It feeds on mostly seeds and aquatic plants.