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Old Jun 9, 2007, 6:39 PM   #1
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After two hours with my bird identification guide, I've drawn a blank with this small bird I caught along a river this morning. These birds were flying at high speed over the water, darting at sharp angles, making me assume they were catching insects. I caught this one on the shore gathering nest materials.
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The bird guide says the white band on the tail feathers is diagnostic for the Eastern Kingbird, but it doesn't have a sharp crest.
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Old Jun 9, 2007, 6:42 PM   #3
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This shot is not so great, but it is helpful for identification as the bird comes in for a landing.
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Old Jun 9, 2007, 6:43 PM   #4
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Finally, a good look at the face

Any help appreciated
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As Emily Latella would have said on Saturday Night Live, "Never mind." I kept digging and found a clear identification as an Eastern Kingbird becaise of the white band on the tail feathers. The quote from the site: "No other songbird has a complete white band at the termination of the tail."

What had me confused was the brown wings and the lack of a highly defined crown. The other kingbird I had shot had a pronounced crown and no sign of brown. The crown still puzzles me, because I've seen pics on the identification pages with and without the crown, but when I looked at my other shot, it had no brown because the shots were all full frontal.

I tried to shoot these guys over the water, but they were working too far out in the river and were simply too fast to pan.
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The crown still puzzles me, because I've seen pics on the identification pages with and without the crown. . . .
Your identification is correct. The crest is made of longish feathers that can be raised or lowered according to whatever message or mood the bird isattempting to convey.
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As compared to the Western Kingbird.

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