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Torcol Thursday 25th June 2020 20:37

Cuban Blackbird or Shiny Cowbird
 
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Hello,
I have these 3 birds seen in Cuba that I cant properly identify
What doyou think ?

Nutcracker Thursday 25th June 2020 21:58

I'm just going to have a guess on generic principles, to see if I'm getting it right for myself (so don't take this as a reliable answer!):
1 & 2 - thick bill, short tail: my guess the cowbird
3 - thinner bill, longer tail: my guess the blackbird, or a grackle if any on Cuba

david kelly Friday 26th June 2020 21:18

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nutcracker (Post 4022499)
I'm just going to have a guess on generic principles, to see if I'm getting it right for myself (so don't take this as a reliable answer!):
1 & 2 - thick bill, short tail: my guess the cowbird
3 - thinner bill, longer tail: my guess the blackbird, or a grackle if any on Cuba

Greater Antillean Grackle is very common on Cuba.

David

njlarsen Saturday 27th June 2020 18:19

I have not been to Cuba but have experience with the other contenders. I will agree that 1 and 2 seems to be Shiny Cowbird. I think the bill is too short for Grackle in the third image, however, due to the angle of seeing it mostly from below I am not sure about the shape of the bill and therefore not sure - but this could be a contender for Cuban Blackbird. Any other (even unsharp) images of the bird in image three?

Niels

birdboybowley Sunday 28th June 2020 09:26

Agree with Nutty

njlarsen Sunday 28th June 2020 17:25

Quote:

Originally Posted by birdboybowley (Post 4023758)
Agree with Nutty

Do you agree with being uncertain on no 3 as well?

Niels

Torcol Sunday 28th June 2020 20:23

Quote:

Originally Posted by njlarsen (Post 4023491)
I have not been to Cuba but have experience with the other contenders. I will agree that 1 and 2 seems to be Shiny Cowbird. I think the bill is too short for Grackle in the third image, however, due to the angle of seeing it mostly from below I am not sure about the shape of the bill and therefore not sure - but this could be a contender for Cuban Blackbird. Any other (even unsharp) images of the bird in image three?

Niels

Hello thanks everybody for their help
Unfortunately I dont have more shots of bird 3

birdboybowley Sunday 28th June 2020 22:20

No I meant 3 is a blackbird ;)


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