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.


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    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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