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Strange bird sighted in Nova Scotia? Help? (1 Viewer)


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My first post. Unfortunately I don't have a picture, and the details are second hand. But I can pass questions along to my mom who actually saw this bird.

She was out walking in a near by picnic park and got goose bumps when she this, unlike any other bird we've spotted here.

Very dark in colour, black, dark blue, or purple. About the size of a small finch or even a humming bird. But it didn't fly like a hummer. It was flitting amongst the tree branches chasing a butterfly.

The real stunner was the tail, so she doesn't recall anything about the head.

It had an exaggerated swallow like tail, but very long tendrils. And at the end of each was what looked like a fan edged in the dark colour. Inside the fan was a gold or yellow fan shapped patch. She said it also had a matching yellow patch elsewhere on the body but she can't recall exactly where.

We have had, for our area, extremely hot and humid conditions. We can't find anything like this on the internet or in our bird books, which are of course for Atlantic Canada.

Any help in IDing this would be greatly appeciated!


Larry Lade

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Might it have been this bird? Click here.

Here is a page we have here in OPUS.

The only thing that does not fit was this, "very long tendrils" in the exaggerated swallow-like tail.

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