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Old Sunday 7th November 2010, 22:10   #1
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Cayo Coco, Cuba

Hello everyone. I would like some help with a few birds from my recent trip to Cuba that I can not pin down myself. These are all taken in Cayo Coco.

1. This one looks like an Eastern Kingbird that is pretty common here in Canada, but I am not sure if there is a different subspecies in Cuba or if this is the same one, so pointing me in the right direction would be appreciated.

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k9...i/DSC01451.jpg

2. These are two views of the same bird, not the best pictures, but hopefully enough for an ID.

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k9...i/DSC01424.jpg

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k9...i/DSC01418.jpg

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http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k9...i/DSC01402.jpg

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Old Sunday 7th November 2010, 22:35   #2
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1) Looks like Eastern Kingbird. they're migrants, July-Oct. Bill looks too small for Loggerhead.
and the underparts too white. I was there Dec 2002, so I missed Eastern Kingbird there.
2) Greater Lizard Cuckoo
3) Royal Tern (I think)

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Old Sunday 7th November 2010, 23:17   #3
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1) Looks like Eastern Kingbird. they're migrants, July-Oct. Bill looks too small for Loggerhead.
and the underparts too white. I was there Dec 2002, so I missed Eastern Kingbird there.
2) Greater Lizad Cuckoo
3) Royal Tern (I think)
Agree with all of the above. Was there some thought of splitting great lizard cuckoo to make it another Cuban endemic? Not sure where I dredged that up from - probably wrong.

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Do you have any other images of the first one?

I agree on the other two

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Do you have any other images of the first one?

I agree on the other two

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You're right to question this one. Just consulted a fieldguide and my notebook. I'd be surprised if it was Eastern and feel that it is Gray. Well done, Neils

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Agree that #1 is a Gray Kingbird - blackish ear coverts contrasts noticably with grey head.
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If this helps the ID of the first bird more, here's a profile shot and a shot from the back.

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k9...i/DSC01446.jpg

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k9...i/DSC01477.jpg
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#1 (and subsequent photos in post 7) looks like a Loggerhead Kingbird to me. Bill is definitely too long for Eastern, and head and cap look solid black. I don't see any evidence of a dark mask contrasting with a light crown. Compare: http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...1t:429,r:4,s:0

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A clear shot of the tip of the undertail would help to clear up the kingbird, if you have one.
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Yes the third photo looks good for Loggerhead. The square tail with pale tip rules out Grey (Gray).I presume an Eastern would show a stronger white band on the tail?
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Several photos of loggerheads in our gallery shows white tip of tail, and that is expected for the Cuba form according to the field guide. Grey Kingbird in some images shows a square tail, but I think this is Loggerhead.

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