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Old Thursday 20th June 2019, 02:08   #1
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Iridescent crested black bird?

Every couple of days an iridescent, solid black bird with a small crest visits m oriole feeder and enjoys the oranges and jelly. It almost looks like a streamlined cardinal or titmouse. The crest is not as prominent though. I have not been able to get a picture. It is alone, and I have not seen it in previous years. Any ideas? We are rural with an even mix of farm fields, hardwood forest and faux prairie. Our yard open with hardwood and spruce woods on all four sides.
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Every couple of days an iridescent, solid black bird with a small crest visits m oriole feeder and enjoys the oranges and jelly. It almost looks like a streamlined cardinal or titmouse. The crest is not as prominent though. I have not been able to get a picture. It is alone, and I have not seen it in previous years. Any ideas? We are rural with an even mix of farm fields, hardwood forest and faux prairie. Our yard open with hardwood and spruce woods on all four sides.
Can you post a photo?
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Every couple of days an iridescent, solid black bird with a small crest visits m oriole feeder and enjoys the oranges and jelly. It almost looks like a streamlined cardinal or titmouse. The crest is not as prominent though. I have not been able to get a picture. It is alone, and I have not seen it in previous years. Any ideas? We are rural with an even mix of farm fields, hardwood forest and faux prairie. Our yard open with hardwood and spruce woods on all four sides.
Nothing comes to mind. How big is it, relative to a robin, say, or a House or Purple Finch? What are its vocalizations (if you’ve heard any)? Eye color? Tail length, long or short?
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Every couple of days an iridescent, solid black bird with a small crest visits m oriole feeder and enjoys the oranges and jelly. It almost looks like a streamlined cardinal or titmouse. The crest is not as prominent though. I have not been able to get a picture. It is alone, and I have not seen it in previous years. Any ideas? We are rural with an even mix of farm fields, hardwood forest and faux prairie. Our yard open with hardwood and spruce woods on all four sides.
Only bird that comes to mind with these characteristics would be the Phainopepla, see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phainopepla

It would be an exceptional bird for Wisconsin though.
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Only bird that comes to mind with these characteristics would be the Phainopepla, see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phainopepla

It would be an exceptional bird for Wisconsin though.
Its interest in fruit is also consistent with Phainopepla. But, as you say, in Wisconsin??
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Its interest in fruit is also consistent with Phainopepla. But, as you say, in Wisconsin??
The Wiki article said one had been found in Ontario, Canada, so they do roam.
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Just a thought, any known populations of Crested myna in the area?

("black, iridescent with small crest")
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No known population of any mynas in the area, but an escapee cannot be ruled out.
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