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Mystery Black Phoebe

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Old Monday 13th June 2005, 14:29   #1
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Mystery Black Phoebe

Or is it strange? I am sure it is a Black Phoebe (the shape of the white on the breast) but I have never seen one that was such a light brown color. Is this normal and have I missed something before? None of my bird references show this color.

This phot was taken in Big Bend, NP in Texas in early May.
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This looks about the same colour as the Black Phoebes I was seeing in California last year. I think it depends a bit how the light catches the plumage.

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Looks good for Black Phoebe to me too.
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I'd say Black Phoebes are more of a charcoal color than a true black. Your pic looks about right in the bright sun.
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Agree with Matt, and some as in this photo have a rather brownish cast to them. Perhaps this is a younger bird since you say it was shot in early May? They do have quite a bit of brown on the back and wings. Nice shot with the catch light in the eye!
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