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Old Thursday 9th February 2006, 23:18   #1
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Beautiful iridescent bird

I recently saw a picture of a beautiful iridescent bird and wanted to know what it could be. It was mostly dark with shades of reddish and greenish. Its head was pretty much black with a yellow spot in front of the eye. It also had white edging on the end of the tail. It appeared that it may have had a bit of a crest. It was most certainly not a bird found in America but, in the picture, it was in some sort of pine tree. In case that gives any hints. Just curious because it was a beautiful bird. Thanks.
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Old Friday 10th February 2006, 00:42   #2
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Hi, Strider! A warm welcome to you from all of us on staff here at BirdForum!

Doubt anyone could guess what this is without knowing at least the bird's native location. Any chance of you scanning the photo you saw and posting it here?
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Old Friday 10th February 2006, 00:54   #3
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Another warm welcome to you, Strider! I'm a neighbor of yours, so to speak, in Fort Wayne.

Additional information will be a big help in trying to identify your beautiful mystery bird -- anything about size, what the beak looked like, length of tail, etc.?

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Old Friday 10th February 2006, 01:44   #4
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I'll try to find the picture again but, in shape and size, it reminded me of an eastern kingbird. As far as location, it was in a short-needled evergreen. I know it's pretty tough but I figured I'd see if anybody had any wild ideas. I'll try to find the picture though.
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Old Friday 10th February 2006, 01:53   #5
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If you can't relocate the photo a drawing may help. Other than a species of Trogon/Quetzal (with their rather distinctive shape) I just can't think of a bird combining an iridescent body and white tail-edging. Perhaps I've just forgotten the obvious.

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Old Friday 10th February 2006, 12:37   #6
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not a family that I know, but nothing similar within sturnidae family? Most of then are dark, some with iridescent shades, or yellow markings or crests. It may be an escaped bird.

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Strider, additional location information would be greatly helpful -- like, where was that short-needled evergreen?
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Old Friday 10th February 2006, 17:48   #8
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not a family that I know, but nothing similar within sturnidae family?
That's a good thought - starlings do tick a lot of the boxes for the mystery bird, and they're in the US...
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Old Friday 10th February 2006, 22:42   #9
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not a family that I know, but nothing similar within sturnidae family?
But white tail edging, yellow spot in front of the eye & crest? BTW, also note that he just saw a photo of it and even mentions that it probably was something from a foreing country.
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But white tail edging, yellow spot in front of the eye & crest? BTW, also note that he just saw a photo of it and even mentions that it probably was something from a foreing country.
Hi Rasmus,

I know that some species of Myna has white tail edging, other yellow spots in front of the eye and other crests, but what I dont know if there is any species with all these "features" together! That is why is said that Sturnidae is a family I am not familiar with (Actually I am not a expert with any family )

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I have found a friend that has the picture and he's going to e-mail it to me. How can I post it for all to see?
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Old Monday 13th February 2006, 15:23   #12
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I have found a friend that has the picture and he's going to e-mail it to me. How can I post it for all to see?
When you have clicked "reply" and is taken to the "reply-page". There is a button called "manage attachments" (see the screen capture I've attached). Click on it and choose the photo you want to upload. Once uploaded, close the small screen and submit the reply (which now should include the photo you uploaded). Anyway, if this fails for some reason - just mention it in a your post and we'll manage somehow. Do note that there is a limit to the size of the photos you can upload; if I remember right no photos above 200KB can be uploaded. I must admit that I am lookin forward to seeing what bird this can be...
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Me, too! Good upload instructions from Rasmus, thanks! Just want to mention that another easy way to size your image for uploading is to make sure no side is longer than 800 pixels, i.e. 800 x 800 or slightly less. If you need help, just yell.
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Old Tuesday 14th February 2006, 01:10   #14
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Here's the picture. Hopefully it'll clear things up.
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WOW! Whatever it is, it is beautiful and NOT from the USA (the limit of my familiarity).
I can't imagine this bird going unidentified for long though - it is very distinctive.

Maybe a Simulacra adobensis?

Weird how the wing coverts seem to cast a major shadow.

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Old Tuesday 14th February 2006, 02:46   #16
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That's a Steere's Liocichla (Liocichla steerii) - a species endemic to the island of Taiwan. There are additional photos of this handsome species on OBI (click on "next" for more photos):

http://www.orientalbirdimages.org/se...t&Bird_ID=1645
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That's a Steere's Liocichla (Liocichla steerii) - a species endemic to the island of Taiwan. There are additional photos of this handsome species on OBI (click on "next" for more photos):

http://www.orientalbirdimages.org/se...t&Bird_ID=1645
D**n, you're good, Mr. Boegh, or is it Dr?

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Whoa, what a beauty! Thanks for sharing! And thanks to Rasmus for the ID.
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Old Tuesday 14th February 2006, 12:35   #19
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Certainly one that you'd never guess from a description!
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Would someone please be willing to pronounce that name? I think I am having a brain fart and just can't get it out--the name that is.

What a beaut!
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Thanks so much! Now I can finally sleep at night.
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