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Tropical vs Couch's Kingbird...can it get an ID just from my picture?


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#1 Texachusetts

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 03:43 AM

Edinburg Texas, Rio Grande Valley. Is there a way to ID which Kingbird without hearing it? In range for both Couch and tropical...bird was alone Posted Image and Posted Image and just to share my favorite lifer so far...a Common Pauraque. What an awesome creature! Posted Image. Thanks for any help.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 03:46 AM

1. Couches (me thinks maybe)
2. yes

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 03:49 AM

Pretty sure the only reliable way to distinguish those kingbirds is by voice :(

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#4 Texachusetts

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 04:16 AM

I suspected that was true Billy, and it was a very quiet bird. You aren't allowed to play recordings in the park and we were there another hour so by the time I listened, I wasn't sure. I had a pair of Couch's from further north, but here there are pretty equal numbers of both. Hopefully I'll see/hear a Tropical when someone is around who knows.

Life list at 429!...Recent Lifers:  Northern Shrike, Pine Grosbeak, Merlin, Red Crossbill, White-winged Crossbill, Common Pauraque, Olive Sparrow, Western, Least, Clark's, Horned  and Eared Grebes, Altimira, Audubons, Scotts and Bullock's Orioles, Black-headed Grosbeak, Green Kingfisher, Reddish Egret, Red-naped Sapsucker, Barred, Eastern and Western Screech Owls, Flamulated owl,Elf Owl, Mexican Spotted Owl, Snowy Owl, American Bittern, more ducks and shorebirds than I can list , Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet, Buff-breasted flycatcher, ELEGANT TROGON, Gray Hawk, Black Hawk,Yellow-throated,  Hutton's and Bell's Vireo,Black-throated Gray Warbler, Painted Redstart, Yellow-throated warbler, TROPICAL PARULA, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Broad-billed, Anna's, Costa's, Violet -crowned, Rufous and Magnificent Hummingbirds, Yellow and Black-billed Cuckoos, Swamp sparrow,Black-throated Blue warbler, Bay-breasted warbler,Prairie Warbler, Townsend's warbler, Clark's Nutcracker, BB Magpie,Pinyon and  Gray Jay, Pygmy Nuthatch, Lewis's Woodpecker, Brant.
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Posted 18 February 2013 - 05:07 AM

Awesome Shots!!! I had to look up your common Pauraque. I knew he was a form of Night Hawk or Poorwill. But absolutly Beautiful. You have every right to show it off. Thank you for showing me this Awesome Bird. :o My jaw fell right open.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 03:31 AM

I was able to get a pair of Tropical Kingbirds at Quinta Mazatlan in McAllen today. They were also totally non-chatty, but several people said the pair have been there all week and numerous people heard them and confirmed them as Tropical! Yay!

Life list at 429!...Recent Lifers:  Northern Shrike, Pine Grosbeak, Merlin, Red Crossbill, White-winged Crossbill, Common Pauraque, Olive Sparrow, Western, Least, Clark's, Horned  and Eared Grebes, Altimira, Audubons, Scotts and Bullock's Orioles, Black-headed Grosbeak, Green Kingfisher, Reddish Egret, Red-naped Sapsucker, Barred, Eastern and Western Screech Owls, Flamulated owl,Elf Owl, Mexican Spotted Owl, Snowy Owl, American Bittern, more ducks and shorebirds than I can list , Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet, Buff-breasted flycatcher, ELEGANT TROGON, Gray Hawk, Black Hawk,Yellow-throated,  Hutton's and Bell's Vireo,Black-throated Gray Warbler, Painted Redstart, Yellow-throated warbler, TROPICAL PARULA, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Broad-billed, Anna's, Costa's, Violet -crowned, Rufous and Magnificent Hummingbirds, Yellow and Black-billed Cuckoos, Swamp sparrow,Black-throated Blue warbler, Bay-breasted warbler,Prairie Warbler, Townsend's warbler, Clark's Nutcracker, BB Magpie,Pinyon and  Gray Jay, Pygmy Nuthatch, Lewis's Woodpecker, Brant.
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