Does anyone know what kind of bird this is?

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  1. Johnw7127

    Johnw7127 TPF Noob!

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    Hi all,

    Any bird experts out there? I'd love to know the name of this bird I took a shot of.

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    I posted about this photo in my blog (www.johnwphotography.blogspot.com) and I realized I had no clue about what kind of bird it was. It was quite a singer (not a chirper) if that helps.

    Thanks!
     
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    the pic is a bit small, but if i had to take a guess im going with the Starling.
     
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    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I miss the dots on the stomach that would be there in a starling, plus starlings have blue-black shimmering feathers.
    It looks like a blackbird to me. They are QUITE the singers!!!
     
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    It could be a juvenile starling... but I don't think so. Nor do I think it a blackbird. Male blackbirds are... black. Females and juveniles have speckled stomachs.
    As you are in the US my European knowledge is lacking. I can only suggest you try here:
    http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/
     
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    The length of bill suggests a starling.

    Incidentally, starlings are not native to the US. Years ago, someone wanted to introduce all the birds mentioned in Shakespeare to the New World. Among the species that he imported and freed were starlings. I expect several to visit the suet cakes in my back yard this morning.

    We have a long-standing contract with the birds here, spanning generations. In return for food during the winter, they sing for us in the spring.

    'A song for a life. A life for a song. Lifelong life song.'
     
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    Hi all! Thanks so much for helping me out! What I gather is that it could be a blackbird, but is more likely a juvenile Starling? Is that correct? Are Starlings rare in the US?

    Here's a larger version, hope it helps.

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    Thanks a lot!
     
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    The_Traveler Completely Counter-dependent Supporting Member

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    why not post this on a site devoted to bird watching?
     
  9. lostprophet

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    Well I'm glad the photo was posted here. as it show a bird in its natural habitat and that's one thing I'm not that very good at.

    Sorry but I can't help with the ID as i'm no expert, but is that a flash of red on its tail?

    You might get an answer if a kind MOD could move this to the nature gallery
     
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    The "kind MOD" did move this to the Landscape and Nature Gallery just now :biggrin: and hope along with JohnW that there will be members coming to this forum who know their birds. For although my maiden name was "Vogel" (look it up if you don't know what it translates into ;)), I apparently do NOT know what this particular bird is...
     
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    My apologies. I'm new to the forum, and don't know my way around very well yet. I will spend more time finding a proper subject next time.
     
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    no need to apologise, and there's nothing wrong with the subject.
     

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