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Old Wednesday 25th February 2009, 00:21   #1
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Assistance Request with ID of bird Country Unknown

I have a request for assistance. I really need help with the ID of this bird. The picture was taken at Busch Gardens in Tampa Florida. I know the bird is not native to North America.

Thanks so much in advance.

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Old Wednesday 25th February 2009, 01:49   #2
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Are you really sure this isn't a native bird?

To me, it looks like it could be a Common Grackle, though a particularly glossy one.
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Old Wednesday 25th February 2009, 02:01   #3
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It's a Lamprotornis starling from Africa, maybe Bronze-tailed Starling?

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Old Wednesday 25th February 2009, 08:00   #4
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Doesn't Bronze-tailed have a red eye?
Puple Glossy Starling for me.
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Old Wednesday 25th February 2009, 10:38   #5
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Purple Glossy Starling sounds like a good option IMO. Tails looks shortish (though this green leave is really in the worst place to assess primary projection to the tail. The overall purple colour looks good for Purple. Unfortunately, lighting conditions have a great influence on Glossy Starlings aspect. Eye colour is a bit light (variable) and this bird doesn't show the typical "swollen" lores as normally seen in Purple:http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1427/...625e85a23d.jpg
But that could be due to the position of the head...
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Old Wednesday 25th February 2009, 10:41   #6
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Looks to be Purple Glossy starling - Lamprotornis purpureus

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Old Wednesday 25th February 2009, 12:14   #7
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Thank You for helping me out wth the picture.
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