The iridescent feathers of a common grackle

We originally thought this beautiful bird was a crow but we were wrong – it’s a grackle. Please forgive our earlier posting that crowed about finding a stunning corvid.

Grackles are very common here in Austin and they’re a smart and interesting species, just like crows. Grackles – again, like crows – are basically black, but caught in the sunlight the gorgeous iridescence of this bird’s head and neck feathers really shone through.



    1. So the iridescence is the result of diffraction? Thank you for your note – we love our critters and we have fun with the website.


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