Monday, July 13, 2009

Answer to Quiz Bird

This weeks quiz bird was a juvenille Gray Jay. It is a dark gray bird with white on the malar. Structurally identical to the adult but without dark slaty gray overall.

Northern Mockingbird was another answer suggested by a few people - Northern Mockingbird juvenilles are almost the same as the adult but have some light spots on the breast for a brief period of time. The bill shape is also very different between Gray Jay and Northern Mockingbird.

This bird was seen in Pittsburg, NH on June 23rd, 2009.

1 comment:

dAwN said...

Darn..I forgot about the quiz..I would have said mockingbird.
But it looked a bit chunky in the head and the white under eye threw me.
I have never seen a gray jay..until recently in blogs.