grackle

noun
grack·le | \ ˈgra-kəl \

Definition of grackle 

1 : any of a genus (Quiscalus of the family Icteridae) of large American blackbirds having iridescent black plumage

2 : any of various Asian starlings (such as the hill mynahs)

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According to the study, published in 2016 in PeerJ, the grackles were given puzzles containing food as a prize. National Geographic, "Why Ravens and Crows Are Earth’s Smartest Birds," 15 Mar. 2018 But for most Texans, the great grackle will continue to be a bothersome bird. William Axford, Houston Chronicle, "Watch: A massive amount of grackles overtake a Houston intersection," 7 Feb. 2018 Our urbanized environments favor bird species that are flexible in their eating and foraging habits, and willing to do bold, innovative things, like blackbirds or grackles or sparrows. National Geographic, "Here's Why 'Birdbrain' Should Be a Compliment," 15 May 2016 Now a study published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE finds that two more species successfully perform the task: the bullfinch (Loxigilla barbadensis) and the Carib grackle (Quiscalus lugubris fortirostris), both of Barbados. National Geographic, "Brainy Birds Know How to Reel in Food With String," 17 Aug. 2016 A man called about an injured common grackle in the yard. Washington Post, "Fairfax County Animal Watch," 6 June 2017 Our urbanized environments favor bird species that are flexible in their eating and foraging habits, and willing to do bold, innovative things, like blackbirds or grackles or sparrows. National Geographic, "Here's Why 'Birdbrain' Should Be a Compliment," 15 May 2016 The focus of the new report, all the songbirds identified so far represent a single subgroup – the Icteridae – that contains blackbirds, orioles, grackles, cowbirds, and others. Brian Switek, WIRED, "The Lost Cowbird of Térapa," 14 Mar. 2011

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First Known Use of grackle

1772, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grackle

New Latin Gracula, genus name, alteration of Latin graculus jackdaw

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grackle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of grackle

: a common American bird that has shiny black feathers

grackle

noun
grack·le | \ ˈgra-kəl \

Kids Definition of grackle

: a large blackbird with shiny feathers that show changeable green, purple, and bronze colors

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