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Old Wednesday 28th May 2003, 04:23   #1
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need help identifying bird

I saw a bird today that looks like a bird of paradise except the color was all wrong. It had a blueish gray head with a yellow breast and a beautiful long forked tail. It was pearched on a post near the Arkansas River. I looked it up and couldn't find anything on it. Does anyone have a clue as to what I saw?
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Old Wednesday 28th May 2003, 05:09   #2
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Hi Wendy,
A big welcome to Bird Forum.net from all the moderators and admin here.
Although I'm in the U.K. It does sound likely that you saw one of my favourite birds.... A Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (and would be in the right area of the U.S.)
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Old Wednesday 28th May 2003, 14:02   #3
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Andy,
Thanks for helping me. When I looked up the scissor tailed flycather, it described it as having a white breast instead of the yellow breast that this one had. Are there different varieties?
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Old Wednesday 28th May 2003, 14:14   #4
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Definitely Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. They're a sort of soft peachy orangey-yellow underneath, pale blue-grey above, and with blackish wings. And of course that immensely long forked tail. Lovely birds, I've seen them in TX and MO, either side of you.

Perching on posts or wires is absolutely typical for them as well.

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Old Thursday 29th May 2003, 15:34   #5
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Sounds like a western kingbird to me. Was the tail over 8 inches long? Scissor-tails have an extremely long tail.
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