Family New World Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Extinct

Slender-billed Grackle (Quiscalus palustris)


Taxonomy

French: Quiscale de Mexico German: Schlankschnabelgrackel Spanish: Zanate picofino
Taxonomy:

Scaphidurus palustris

Swainson

, 1827,

marshes and borders of lakes around City of Mexico

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Monotypic.

Distribution:

Marshes and headwaters of the R Lerma Santiago, and in Xochimilco, in the valley of Mexico.

First collected in 1822 and last recorded in 1910, presumably becoming extinct soon thereafter. Surprisingly poorly known, it is now thought to have nested in emergent aquatic vegetation in cultivated areas and, indeed, in towns. It also formed large flocks which damaged maize crops#R. Its demise is thought to have been due to the progressive draining of its marshland habitat for agricultural and urban development.

Descriptive notes

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Recommended citation

(2019). Slender-billed Grackle (Quiscalus palustris). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/1414214 on 19 April 2019).