Join for FREE
It only takes a minute!
Discover the ZEISS Digital Nature Hub

Welcome to BirdForum.
BirdForum is the net's largest birding community, dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE! You are most welcome to register for an account, which allows you to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

Cuban Blackbird or Shiny Cowbird?

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread
Old Saturday 30th January 2016, 11:31   #1
Mark Eising
Registered Member

 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Hilversum, The Netherlands
Posts: 145
Cuban Blackbird or Shiny Cowbird?

I found this bird near Soroa, an hour west of Havana, Cuba, on 7 January 2016.
I know that the Cuban Blackbird is much bigger than the Shiny Cowbird, but I don't remember the size of this one.
Other than the size, these two species look very, very similar to me.
I appreciate it if someone could explain why this is either a Cuban Blackbird or the Shiny Cowbird.
Thank you!
Mark Eising (www.markeisingbirding.nl)
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	P1060035.JPG
Views:	125
Size:	227.5 KB
ID:	571798  Click image for larger version

Name:	P1060031.JPG
Views:	104
Size:	258.0 KB
ID:	571799  
Mark Eising is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Saturday 30th January 2016, 14:53   #2
njlarsen
Opus Editor
 
njlarsen's Avatar

 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: St. James, Barbados
Posts: 24,015
Compare http://www.birdforum.net/opus/Cuban_Blackbird and follow the link to the gallery. I think that you will find it is the cowbird

Niels
__________________
Support bird conservation in the Caribbean: BirdCaribbean

Recently moved to Barbados
njlarsen is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Saturday 30th January 2016, 15:14   #3
Mark Eising
Registered Member

 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Hilversum, The Netherlands
Posts: 145
Thank you Niels, but what make you think it is the cowbird?
Mark Eising is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Saturday 30th January 2016, 16:25   #4
njlarsen
Opus Editor
 
njlarsen's Avatar

 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: St. James, Barbados
Posts: 24,015
I feel the bill size and shape fits better with cowbird than Cuban B. I also admit that it isn't the easiest separation.

Niels
__________________
Support bird conservation in the Caribbean: BirdCaribbean

Recently moved to Barbados
njlarsen is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Monday 1st February 2016, 16:37   #5
Mark Eising
Registered Member

 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Hilversum, The Netherlands
Posts: 145
Another possible Cuban Blackbird

How about this one? Cuban Blackbird or Shiny Cowbird? I found this one near the entrance of La Guira National Park (in a rather wet area) on 8 January 2016. If I remember correctly, it was close to the size of a Grackle, which would indicate it is a Cuban Blackbird. But again, I am not sure.
Any clues are highly appreciated!
Thank you in advance! Cheers , Mark
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Cuban Blackbird or Shiny Cowbird (2).JPG
Views:	47
Size:	274.2 KB
ID:	572021  
Mark Eising is offline  
Reply With Quote
Advertisement
Reply


Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Shiny Cowbird pic jimmmer Birds & Birding 0 Saturday 12th April 2014 11:44
shiny cowbird or melodius blackbird Costa rica notjes Bird Identification Q&A 3 Tuesday 12th March 2013 13:56
Shiny Cowbird Cantobello Bird Identification Q&A 2 Wednesday 24th August 2011 20:40
Shiny Cowbird? rka Bird Identification Q&A 8 Friday 30th April 2004 20:34
Shiny Cowbird? - 2 rka Bird Identification Q&A 0 Sunday 19th October 2003 16:26



Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites

Help support BirdForum

Page generated in 0.10384893 seconds with 18 queries
All times are GMT. The time now is 14:39.