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boat-tailed grackle

[boht-teyld] /ˈboʊtˌteɪld/
a large grackle, Quiscalus major, of the southeastern U.S., that folds its tail into a shape resembling the keel of a boat.
Origin of boat-tailed grackle
An Americanism dating back to 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • In the south it is exceeded in size only by the boat-tailed grackle.

    What Bird is That? Frank M. Chapman
  • This subspecies of boat-tailed grackle has been recorded from several localities in Coahuila.

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