Friday, March 21, 2008

The Elusive Bird

I took this Picture. (It is a little fuzzy but you should have seen the others)
I kept seeing this bird in my back yard at the feeder. I took a ton of photos of it but they were all fuzzy then there it was and sitting very still and for a long time. It was about the size of the average Robin Red-breast.

It is a Varied thrush - Ixoreus naevius
Identification Tips:
Length: 8 inches
Orange stripe extends rearward from eye
Dark mask and crown
Orange underparts with dark breast band
Dark gray upperparts
Orange wing bars
Female similar to male but browner above with paler breast band
Similar species:
The Varied Thrush is somewhat similar to the American Robin but has a dark breast band, orange eye stripe, and orange wing bars.

Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.

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