Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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[Mystery birds] Blue Mountain Vireo, Vireo osburni, photographed at Portland Gap, Blue Mountains, Jamaica. [I will identify this bird for you tomorrow]

Image: Paul Jones, 18 March 2009 [larger view].

Canon 30-D, 300f4 lens, 1/250 at f4, 320 ISO.

Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification.

Review all mystery birds to date.


  1. #1 Jared
    April 29, 2009

    Fairly small bird, passerine found in Jamaica, Blue Mountain area, looks like a Vireo of some kind…
    Blue Mountain Vireo?

  2. #2 Russell
    April 29, 2009

    No idea. But you’re making me wish I was in a Caribbean forest.

  3. #3 Tax Man
    April 29, 2009

    I would go for Jamaican Euphonia (Eupnonia jamaica). The shape is not right for for Blue Mountain Vireo. The bill is too stubby and the eye lacks any reddish color.

  4. #4 pk1154
    April 30, 2009

    My daughter’s identification:
    “That’s a cute little bird.”

    It looks to be a vireo. In the Blue Mountains of Jamaica. Dark eye. No apparent wingbars.

    Conclusion: Blue Mountain vireo?

    Still, may be some North American migrant under bad lighting…

  5. #5 Jose Cordero
    May 1, 2009

    I wonder if it is an inmature Jamaican Euphonia.

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