The fine of killing a Grackle is … All of y'all with your correct spelling and book-learnin - HA! : ) See, not so nice. The fine of killing a Grackle is heavy. Views: 1,897. Happy birding! No! Strangely enough when drove down the road later that day the bird was gone. The Starling's mottled plumage seems more 'grackle-y' to me. Always some loud-mouthed gun hugger bitching and moaning about their second amendment rights. It makes them a bird lover and a law abiding citizen besides. With a glossy – iridescent body, they walk around or gather in trees in noisy groups. What I never saw, in 4 years, was a robin, a grackle, or a blackbird, all of which hang out in the trees surrounding my North Cambridge, 3rd floor apartment. Thanks BirdingGirl and also thanks to the "June 30th Anonymous" comment poster. I'll remain, I don't way something I'll regret. The bird probably didn't have much of a chance, but the least I could move it out of the road. :), Mr T and others: it is against federal law to kill these non-game birds with few exceptions and the law has some teeth to it. The migratory bird act of 1918 prohibits the killing of all native non-game birds.The house sparrow and common startling are both examples of non native bird that may be killed and should be with a vengeance.They are both nest robbers that will kill native nesters and destroy their eggs and young. I saw a sad sight today during my lunchtime jog—a dead grackle. ( Log Out /  Common Grackles are larger with a longer tail than European Starlings. The name "Sturnidae" comes from the Latin word for starling, sturnus. I don't know where "Mr. T" gets his information, but it's wrong. Hi Jeanie- I want to say it's a Grackle if it has a black bill. I doubt "all birds" I see here are descended from the ones released in Central Park. You, sir, shouldn't be allowed to have a gun. Thanks. Fish & Wildlife Service, Common Grackles are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Really great, interesting information.Here's how I remember the identification of these guys...I think "BLACK" = "GRACKle"(because the Grackles have black feet and bills)And when I think of STARlings, I think of the yellow-hued STARS I used to draw as a kid (...and Starlings have yellow legs and sometimes bills). Not getting caught doesn't make it legal. At least in the state where I live. And hummingbird was his or her supper period. I was making my way down to the trail along the Charles River when I saw what I thought was an injured bird in the middle of the road. Mr. "T". Sometimes starlings can still squeeze in. The grackles attack many of the songbirds we try to attract. That means that it is illegal to shoot them. Females and males are very difficult to tell apart- one seemingly helpful trick is the eye ring since females have a distinctive yellow eye ring; however, some males 4 years old and older can develop it and older females can lose it. Change ). Thanks for the visit., The Migratory Bird Treaty Act makes it illegal to kill or remove hundreds of species of birds, including the red-winged blackbird. This website uses cookies for functionality, analytics and advertising purposes as described in our. Grackle and Starling shooting is a popular past time with Airgunners. Hate they way they rob nest of the song birds etc. Their speckles are part of their non-breeding plumage; the speckles are actually light tips on the dark feathers; these tips mostly wear off during the winter months, so that in spring the starling is mostly blackish with a greenish sheen and a few very small speckles. A Magnolia Warbler drops in for a visit... Friends of the Blue Hills news and comments, Difference Between Grackles and Starlings. Starling. What do you think explains the difference in territory? The former apartment was not far from the Charles River; the new one is not far from former marshland. Each state has its own laws, follow the laws of your state. Many Asian species, particularly the larger ones, are called mynas, and many African species are known as glossy starlings because of their iridescent plumage. You must not HAVE studied grammar in high school. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. The main difference is that the Starling has a short tail and yellow bill, while the Grackle has a black bill and a long 'keel-shaped' tail. The list is posted at We Don't Want To Count Our Inventory Sale! Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. It's not illegal shooting grackles or starlings the only birds you can't shoot are owls, state birds and doves the others are fair game sorry to say. I just got shivers thinking about it. Starlings are an introduced species and have become pests; in particular, they have displaced native bluebirds from nest cavities. T couldn't be more wrong. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your account. Sparrows are the real food robbers! They will follow plows through fields to pick up bugs and mice. I've always had the two mixed up! And it keeps the population down so they don't over run everything. Unless it's your state bird. Anonymous must be one of those that's against or second amendment. However, there is a big difference. This allows bluebirds to nest. Bright golden eyes give the Grackle an intent expression. They eat crops ( mainly corn) but they will eat about anything. Don't be a bitter gun happy redneck and shot something you don't understand.