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Cackle, cackle said the great-tailed grackle

Upon seeing a large black bird in Houston, my immediate assumption as to its species wouldn’t be a raven, or even a crow. Instead, I would immediately guess great-tailed grackle, or Quiscalus mexicanus, without even having to see it. Just … Continue reading

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You can’t fool a coot…American coots employ selective conspecific brood parasitism

With a name like the coot, which sounds slightly off-color, it is not surprising that Fulica americana has several unique characteristics, a few that immediately catch peoples’ attention as well as several unique behavioral traits. The common waterfowl isn’t actually … Continue reading

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