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How to Identify:
Our bird this week can be fairly easily identified as a kingbird for a few simple reasons. The gray head and chest, yellow belly, long tail and primary projection, and the thick, fairly long bill eliminate all other birds. They gray back and what appears to be a mostly gray chest quickly eliminate Couch’s and Tropical Kingbirds. The long, black tail and the long primary projection with primaries extending beyond the undertail coverts eliminated Couch’s and Tropical Kingbirds as well. So, we are down to Western and Cassin’s Kingbirds which can be difficult to identify in some situations; luckily we can see the field marks that separate these two species. The white-tipped tail (instead of white-edged down the sides in Western) and the distinct white chin of the Cassin’s Kingbird are quite noticeable. Also the dark gray back instead of a greenish back in Western helps to identify this as a Cassin’s. The darker gray chest and head (than Western) as well as the whitish edged wing coverts are just icing on the cake for this identification.
The first quiz in our next series of quizzes can be found at http://nuttybirder.com/BirdQuiz/birdquiz.html.