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Posted By: maritimer, 03-21-2009, 09:19 PM

I snapped this one a while ago but I keep coming back to it because I have no idea what he is. Lately, I've been getting alot of inquiries from real life friends / family about this guy ; with some being avid birders and no one seems to be able to find him in their resources.

Someone mentioned Magpie to me. From what my birder friends tell me, Magpies are not normally an inhabitant of New Brunswick. I know they are in Ontario and Alberta for sure. I've seen ones that were all black with orange on their wings, and ones that were blue and white.

I know one of you fine pentaxians-in-law has the answer.

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03-21-2009, 10:18 PM   #2
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It is perfectly grasped! A few distracts the bright spot of light after the head of bird
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Looks like a magpie to me. Magpies have a very distinctive call - very hard to mistake.

I can't be certain on the ID because the bird is backlit and is not showing all its features well.

I like the composition of the shot. It would have been fantastic if you had been able to strobe the bird.
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I don't think that it is a magpie, ours here have white rumps. If you'll post it here: BirdSite - Welcome! someone will ID it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by maritimer Quote
Post it on BirdSite.org as a species query. I'll be surprised if you do not get a positive ID.

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Looks like a Crow with partial albinism.
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QuoteOriginally posted by maritimer Quote
I snapped this one a while ago but I keep coming back to it because I have no idea what he is. Lately, I've been getting alot of inquiries from real life friends / family about this guy ; with some being avid birders and no one seems to be able to find him in their resources.

Someone mentioned Magpie to me. From what my birder friends tell me, Magpies are not normally an inhabitant of New Brunswick. I know they are in Ontario and Alberta for sure. I've seen ones that were all black with orange on their wings, and ones that were blue and white.

I know one of you fine pentaxians-in-law has the answer.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3286/3075755058_37164bd842_b.jpg
I think the tail is too stubby for a magpie. I searched every Jay image I could find online and nothing came close. The Wikipedia entry does cite albinism in crows, as suggested by entaxpay above.

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Yeah , magpie seems like a very good guess. we had a young magpie in our back yard , and yes the birds call is nothing like i ever heard.

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I don't know. Here's a magpie:

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This is a crow with some white instead of black feathers. This condition happens often in crows and always causes lots of discussion. Magpies have longer tails and glossier plumage all over.
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I agree, it is definitely an American Crow (Corvus brachyrhyncos) with a few white feathers.

There is a some discussion about this condition on various bird forums including here.
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Tight crop on the head only and it says Crow.

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