Over spring break, I visited Puerto Rico. During my vacation, I was able to observe a variety of different wildlife that I had never experienced before. First to mention, were these black birds that constantly were surrounding our house. They were not afraid of humans and were quite noisy. Their feathers were black and glossy, with yellow eyes. After further research, I found that they are named the Greater Antillean Grackle bird, Quiscalus niger. I found that it is common for this species to have a glossy black color and bright yellow eyes, as well as an usual keel-shaped tail. This species also nests in colonies on trees together, which is why it was common for me to see lots of them during my vacation outside my home, where several trees were. The birds eat from foraging on the ground for seeds, insects, and small lizards. It is also common for these birds to be bold, noisy, and unafraid of humans because they live in heavily populated habitats, for example the city of Carolina, Puerto Rico, where I stayed. They are not found in deep forests at all.
Image 1. Photograph depicting the Greater Antillean Grackle in its natural habitat, perched on a branch. Taken by Daniel Lane from http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/portal/species/overview?p_p_spp=669516.
Lane D. Greater Antillean Grackle (Quiscalus niger) - Neotropical Birds. Neotropical Birds. 2010 [accessed 2017 Mar 23]. http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/portal/species/overview?p_p_spp=66951