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Jonji3

Strange black bird with white wings

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Hello. I am wondering if anyone can help me identify a bird I saw this morning. The bird appeared to be black (though it may have been a dark gray or brown) and the lower 1/3 to 1/2 of its wings were white. It was larger than a blue jay, but smaller than a small crow. It was near a stream that runs by the county office complex, flying over the parking lot towards the water, and I lost sight of it once it crossed the stream. It was about 20 feet up, and flying at a good pace. This was in the Hudson Valley area of NY.

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It's hard to say.  GO here http://identify.whatbird.com/mwg/_/0/attrs.aspx and start by choosing your location in the attributes, then from there choose all the other things you know about the bird and it will narrow your search to possible birds.  Then you can click on them an look at the pictures to see if you can find him.

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Could it have been a belted kingfisher? They are dark blue not black. Which side of the wings were white? Google images of belted kingfisher and tell me what you think!

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It was the right size for a king fisher, but the color was wrong. The entire end of wings (top and bottom) from the tips to about 1/3 of the way up was white. Have been checking out images on many different sites, but no luck so far.

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I just saw a bird similar to what the original poster described. It seemed to be a type of dove, about 18" long, black except for partial white wings from tip to 1/3 or 1/2 back. Beak and feet were orange, and it had a white stripe or band on each side of its head, and on top of its head. It had a green band on its right leg. It also had slight green iridescence on its upper back.

It had the look of a dove, slim head, neck and body. It turned its head at least 180 degrees to check things out from time to time. It was not easily frightened. It landed on my roof and watched us stare at it for quite a while, long enough to pull out the binoculars and take a few digital photos. Couldn't find it in my bird book....I live in Somers, CT 4 miles from the Mass. State line near Springfield.

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I live in Wilmington, NC and I have also seen a black bird with white wings in our yard this week. It looks like a standard black bird, but the wings were white. Quite a striking contrast and pretty bird.  He was visiting our feeders for the morning but haven' seen it since then. It looks nothing like the kingfisher or the bobolink.  It disappeared before my husband could get a picture.

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Wow, this is getting very confusing, any of you wanting to ID a bird other than the original poster, please start another topic so that it will be easier for us to reply to you individually.

I'm thinking maybe a Pileated Woodpecker??

 Here's a pic I took a while back:

 

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Gary, while you'll probably get better results in your own thread, sounds like your bird might have been a domestic dove.  It sounds like it could have been a rock dove.  Can you post this in a new thread with the photos?  

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That is a really cool photo of a Pileated!

 

Just throwing this out there.....  crows and blackbirds can often have leusistic feathers, seemingly more-so than in other species.

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My 5-year old nephew has seen a black bird (bigger than a crow but smaller than a hawk) with white stripes on its wings. He is eager to know the name of the bird. Please let me know as soon as possible.

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I was in Canada last week North of Kenora an hour near the town of White Dog and i saw a bird exactly like you discribed. White tiped wings, black colored bird larger than a blue jay and smaller than a crow or raven. Have you ever figured out what bird this is? Ed

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I live on a large lake in North Georgia and yesterday as I was driving my boat down the lake two birds exactly like Jonji3 saw flew high above me.  I have never seen anything like this before and I have lived here all my life.  The birds were black and the outer ends, from "elbow to tip" of their wings, were bright white.  They flew together as a pair and flew in a fashion some what similar to mourning doves.  I have looked though all of my bird books and everything I could find on the internet and have not seen anything that looks like what I saw.  Has anyone identified this bird yet?

 

Thanks so much for your help. This is really bothering me.

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Sounds like it could very well be pigeons. Solid colored birds with white flights are relatively common.

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This is the worst thread ever! First of all it's super old. Then all the various responders coming up with their own birds needing IDs. Then none of the questioning posters answering the guesses. Horrible! My birding IQ has taken a dive for just viewing this thread! :angry:

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