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Cuban Blackbird or Shiny Cowbird (1 Viewer)

Torcol

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Hello,
I have these 3 birds seen in Cuba that I cant properly identify
What doyou think ?
 

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Nutcracker

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I'm just going to have a guess on generic principles, to see if I'm getting it right for myself (so don't take this as a reliable answer!):
1 & 2 - thick bill, short tail: my guess the cowbird
3 - thinner bill, longer tail: my guess the blackbird, or a grackle if any on Cuba
 

david kelly

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Scotland
I'm just going to have a guess on generic principles, to see if I'm getting it right for myself (so don't take this as a reliable answer!):
1 & 2 - thick bill, short tail: my guess the cowbird
3 - thinner bill, longer tail: my guess the blackbird, or a grackle if any on Cuba

Greater Antillean Grackle is very common on Cuba.

David
 

njlarsen

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I have not been to Cuba but have experience with the other contenders. I will agree that 1 and 2 seems to be Shiny Cowbird. I think the bill is too short for Grackle in the third image, however, due to the angle of seeing it mostly from below I am not sure about the shape of the bill and therefore not sure - but this could be a contender for Cuban Blackbird. Any other (even unsharp) images of the bird in image three?

Niels
 

Torcol

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I have not been to Cuba but have experience with the other contenders. I will agree that 1 and 2 seems to be Shiny Cowbird. I think the bill is too short for Grackle in the third image, however, due to the angle of seeing it mostly from below I am not sure about the shape of the bill and therefore not sure - but this could be a contender for Cuban Blackbird. Any other (even unsharp) images of the bird in image three?

Niels

Hello thanks everybody for their help
Unfortunately I dont have more shots of bird 3
 
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