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There was a similar topic back in 2011, but none of those pictures still work, so I thought it could be an interesting topic to show.

 

Could also be fun to post the bird as unknowns, and see what people think.

 

First, I'll start off with a bird I saw last weekend and posted in the ID forum.

 

A Lazuli x Indigo Bunting

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Indigo x Lazuli Bunting by mattag2002, on Flickr

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Next, I'll post this as a quiz.  Yes, it is a hybrid!

 

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i think i remember that one from last year.  was it in arizona?  costa's x lucifer?

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Indeed, it is a Costa's x Lucifer that was at Ash Canyon in SE AZ last year.

 

You can see a bit of buffy color in the flanks, a shorter gorget than normal for Costa's, and a longer tail - which are all Lucifer traits.

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I believe that this next one is a hybrid, but the parent species are not hard to figure out.  Perhaps the better question is whether or not you agree that it is a hybrid, and why.

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I believe that this next one is a hybrid, but the parent species are not hard to figure out.  Perhaps the better question is whether or not you agree that it is a hybrid, and why.

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Red bellied and downy?

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I believe that this next one is a hybrid, but the parent species are not hard to figure out.  Perhaps the better question is whether or not you agree that it is a hybrid, and why.

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Ladder-backed x Nuttall's? I have 0 experience with either species, so I can't dis/agree about it being a hybrid or not, but it certainly looks like a Nuttall's.

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Ladder-backed x Nuttall's? I have 0 experience with either species, so I can't dis/agree about it being a hybrid or not, but it certainly looks like a Nuttall's.

 

 

it's got the solid black at the top of the back like nuttall's, but the full red crown like a ladder-backed.

 

 

Yes, a Ladder-backed x Nuttall's.  These are two fairly similar species with a relatively narrow band of overlap.  This photo was taken at Big Morongo in So Cal, where both species occur along with hybrids of all sorts of appearances.

 

This one does have the broad solid black line at the top of the back which is a good sign for Nuttall's.  The facial pattern looks a bit more like a Ladder-backed to me, with the white being slightly more prominent than the black.  The red crown extending in front of the eyes is a Ladder-backed feature, too.

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Common Goldeneye x Hooded Merganser Hybrid

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Blue-winged x Golden-winged Warbler...  A.k.a. "Brewster's" Warbler

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Common Goldeneye x Hooded Merganser Hybrid

 

Blue-winged x Golden-winged Warbler...  A.k.a. "Brewster's" Warbler

 

Great pictures and cool birds.  That Goldeneye x Merganser is really interesting.

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there's scissortailed flycatcher x western kingbird in ventura county.  it's barely out of the nest, someone put some photos of it on flickr today.  i wish i could go see it but it's kinda far.

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