Common grackles don't have the nicest reputation. Often called "trash birds" they can be found rummaging through garbage cans trying to find a delicious snack. Contrary to popular belief, grackles are very intelligent. They can do problem solving and even prevent infection by rubbing ants on themselves. This "anting" behavior is believed to help act as an insecticide for the bird. As the bird rubs ants on itself, the ants secrete formic acid, which is a natural insecticide, fungicide and bactericide.
|Gaping for food|
Our baby grackle is doing well thanks to the many hours our team has put into him, and his future looks very promising.
|Healthy baby grackle|
By :Sarah Peake