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Help with IDs Costa Rica (1 Viewer)

Mike Beer

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Can I have help with IDs on these birds all photographed recently during our trip to Costa Rica in the Drakes Bay area.
1. Not sure poss Mealy Parrot
2. Poss Great Kiskadee
3. Not sure only picture I have
3. Poss Blue-black Grassquit



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Wat mutt, dat mutt!
Staff member
1. with the red on the front looks like a Red-lored Parrot for me
2. looks like a Grey-capped Flycatcher to me
3. Crimson-fronted Parakeet
4. Without location it could be a juvenile Passerini's or Cherrie's Tanager

C B Allen

Chris Allen
For me, agreed, Red-lored Parrot (1) & Crimson-fronted Parakeet (3). Crimson-rumped Tanager (4 - Cherrie's & Passerini's Tanagers are currently lumped in both IOC & Clements ... would have been "Cherrie's" prior to that). Flycatcher (2) could be Gray-capped - and may just be the light/exposure - but looks very plain faced & I can't be sure it's not just a Tropical Kingbird.


missing the neotropics
The flycatcher is definitely not a Tropical Kingbird. Just glancing on my phone I’m not sure I can say it is Gray-crowned and not just a overexposed Social. Not a Great Kiskadee though.


missing the neotropics
Bill is substantially too big for social flycatcher.

Does Gray-capped (pardon my error typing Gray-crowned earlier) reliably have a larger bill than Social? I don’t see any of the N subspecies of Social Fly much anymore. Admittedly I mostly ID these birds by ear or by plumage features that aren’t bill size so I don’t think I’ve thought about it before.

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