"In the creation, the Zanate having no voice stole its seven distinct songs from the wise and knowing sea turtle. Common Grackle / Great Tailed Grackle Bird Sounds - YouTube They extract larvae and insects from grassy areas; eat lizards, nestlings, and eggs; forage in freshly plowed land; remove parasites from cattle, and eat fruits (e.g., bananas, berries) and grains (e.g., maize, corn on the cob by opening the husks). The Cartagena artist Enrique Grau had an affinity for these birds and, because of this inspiration, many Colombian monuments and artistic works were created in honor of the bird's intelligence, adaptability, cheerfulness, sociability, collaborative tendencies, diligence, craftiness, and ability to take advantage of adversity. When ready to mate, both sexes give a “solicitation call” of clear cheat or che notes. Other blackbirds, meadowlarks, cowbirds; grackles and new world oriole. , In Colombia, the species is called the maria mulata, and is the official bird of Cartagena de Indias. Mexican artisans have created icons in clay, sometimes as whistles that portray the sea turtle with the zanate perched on its back. 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The bulky, open, cup-shaped nest, which may be a few feet to over 20 feet above the ground, is made of twigs, weeds, grass, rushes, and other available material. These birds are very social. Barker and S.M. Find out more about what this bird likes to eat and what feeder is best by using the Project FeederWatch Common Feeder Birds bird list.  They turn over objects to search for food underneath, including crustaceans, insects, and worms, they hunt tadpoles and fish by wading into shallow water, and although they do not swim, they catch fish by flying close to the water's surface, and are even reported to dive a few inches into the water to retrieve a fish. Great-tailed Grackles make an impressive array of sounds, ranging from sweet, tinkling notes to what one biologist described as “calls so loud they were best heard at a distance.” Other descriptions include “rusty gate hinge” and “machinery badly in need of lubrication.” The male’s territorial song includes a sound like crackling brush, a rapid-fire ki ki ki repeated 1–12 times, mechanical rattling notes, and a shrieking, high-pitched whistle. The female is smaller with a body length of 15 inches and a wingspan of 19 inches. Barker and S.M. The nest is typically built near the top of a large or medium-sized tree, using materials such as woven grass and twigs, as well as some man-made materials. The nest is typically built near the top of a large or medium-sized tree, using materials such as woven grass and twigs, as well as some man-made materials. Current thinking is that they are closely related, but different species. , Great-tailed grackles originated from the tropical lowlands of Central and South America, but historical evidence from Bernardino de Sahagún shows that the Aztecs, during the time of the emperor Ahuitzotl, introduced the great-tailed grackle from their homeland in the Mexican Gulf Coast to the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan in the highland Valley of Mexico, most likely to use their iridescent feathers for decoration. The great-tailed grackle or Mexican grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) is a medium-sized, highly social passerine bird native to North and South America.  Wingspan ranges from 18.9-22.8 in (48-58 cm). Because of their loud vocalizations, great-tailed grackles are considered a pest species by some.  Their current range stretches from northwestern Venezuela and western Colombia and Ecuador in the south to Minnesota in the north, to Oregon, Idaho, and California in the west, to Florida in the east, with vagrants occurring as far north as southern Canada. The sounds range from "sweet, tinkling notes" to a "rusty gate hinge".