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Old Saturday 14th October 2006, 15:13   #1
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Unknown bird in Chiapas Mexico

Hello Everybody,

In august I took a photo of this bird.
But I don't have any idee which species it is.
Maybe a juvenile Tropical Kingbird? Or is it a warbler?

Thanks a lot.

Lennaert Steen from the Netherlands
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Old Saturday 14th October 2006, 17:10   #2
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Hello Everybody,

In august I took a photo of this bird.
But I don't have any idee which species it is.
Maybe a juvenile Tropical Kingbird? Or is it a warbler?

Thanks a lot.

Lennaert Steen from the Netherlands
Hi Lennaert,

Were you up in the highlands at all? It appears to be an Eastern Bluebird to me, which would occur in the oak-pine forests at higher elevations.

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Looks Bluebird-ish. Sialia mexicana or Sialia fulva. Looking at Howell & Webb's Guide to Mexican Birds it looks like Eastern Bluebird range extends farther south into Mexico.
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Old Monday 16th October 2006, 15:01   #4
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Hello Chris and Jcwings,

Thanks for your reaction.
Yes the bird was spotted in the highlands of Mexico.
It was seen on the way to Lagunas de Montobello.
Eastern Bluebird does occur is this region.
Do you think my bird is a juvenile?

Eastern Bluebird is a lifer for me, so thanks again!

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Do you think my bird is a juvenile? Eastern Bluebird is a lifer for me, so thanks again!
Hi Lennaert,

Congratulations on your lifer! The lighting is a bit tricky in the photo, but it looks like an adult female to me, best guess. Juvenile Sialia are rather heavily spotted. A couple of examples of juveniles are here:
http://home.carolina.rr.com/bmmorrison/images/eb_01.jpg
http://home.earthlink.net/~citybirde...20juvenile.jpg

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