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Greater Antillean Grackle

The Greater Antillean Grackle (Quiscalus niger), is a species of grackle found throughout the Greater Antilles and the Cayman Islands as well as smaller, nearby islands. There are seven subspecies, each restricted to one island or island group. They all differ from the nominate Hispaniola subspecies in size, bill size, and color tone.

Like all Quiscalus grackles, it is a rather large, gregarious bird. The 10.6 inch long male is glossy black with a large tail. The 9.5 inch long female has a smaller tail and is similar in colour but less glossy than the male. It lives largely in heavily settled areas.

It has a variety of local names such as Cling-cling or variations of this name in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. It is commonly known as Chango in Puerto Rico or as Chinchilín (onomatopoeic for its song) in the Dominican Republic.

Greater Antillean Grackle


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