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Tell me why this isn't a Female Shiny Cowbird.


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#1 Cari Bear

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 06:33 PM

I have poured over my Sibley Guide and my son and I have concluded that this looks most like a female shiny Cowbird.

I can see from my map that it is very rare. So, I'm thinking we must be wrong. Can anyone correct our erroneous ways?

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We saw it at a park bordering a small stream in Southern Utah, Cedar City area.

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 06:46 PM

The whitish throat is a trait of the female Brown-headed Cowbird. The Shiny Cowbird does not have a whitish throat.

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 06:48 PM

Also, Shiny Cowbirds have a thinner, sharper bill than this bird.

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 06:49 PM

It's a female Brown-headed Cowbird. Shiny Cowbird would have a thinner bill, a pale supercillium and would be several hundred miles out of range.

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 06:53 PM

Thank you all. I figured that it wasn't a brown headed because it wasn't finely streaked along it's breast and it had an overall reddish brown hue. But, I didn't notice the white throat until Grandpa pointed it out. That's a definite clue for me there. Thanks a bunch!
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