What is this? Saw this off the dirt road from Pinal Mount in AZ headed to Globe,AZunknown bird long split tail
Posted 13 May 2012 - 05:52 AM
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Posted 13 May 2012 - 06:36 AM
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Posted 14 May 2012 - 05:27 AM
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Posted 14 May 2012 - 03:32 PM
Why not a female Phainopepla? Their tails can seem pretty strongly forked if they spread them a little.
Yeah, but a Phainopepla's tail is not as long as this one. I think I see what got you thinking this though, the 3rd picture looks like the bird has a tiny crest.
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Posted 14 May 2012 - 05:17 PM
While there have been a couple of sightings of Scissor-tail Flycatchers in Arizona (there was a famous one for a couple of summers in Campe Verde a few years ago. It may have mated with a Western Flycatcher. I managed to actually see that one).
it would be a very unusal sighting in Arizona.
Posted 14 May 2012 - 05:38 PM
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Posted 14 May 2012 - 08:02 PM
Interesting post psweet -- does this mean you agree with Scissor-tailed Flycatcher?
By chance, did you report this to the AZ list-serve as well?
The coloring is really the only issue here, which is why I mentioned it in my first post. However, I believe backlighting could account for the mismatch. Female Phainopepla is an interesting choice. I scoured the internet for any female Phainopepla photos, looking for a tail that even remotely mirrored this one, with total tail length and type of fork at the end..... and failed.
As for the range, we get them every once in a while around the middle to northern Colorado. The eBird range map is even more revealing. As Creeker stated, they're known to wander.
Posted 14 May 2012 - 09:46 PM
(I did wonder about the possibility of Gray Silky Flycatcher, based on the bit of a crest and the mention of a white eye-ring, but the photos definitely aren't good enough for that, and I think now that you should be able to see yellow on the belly in the last photo. )
Posted 14 May 2012 - 11:21 PM
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