This is quite a common bird, but here's a handsome specimen. This is the common grackle, Quiscalus quiscula. It's a large bird, larger than a robin with a long tail that seems attached at an odd angle. They like to walk around lawns searching for insects and grubs. They eat just about anything.
Another familiar name for this bird is the bronze grackle. The head is iridescent purple, but the body is that brownish, bronze color.
Grackles are related to blackbirds, meadowlarks, and crows. Although they aren't high quality birds, I enjoy watching them because of the iridescent coloring and odd tails which they turn sideways like a keel while flying. Females don't have the purple heads, and may not turn their tails.
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