Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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[Mystery birds] Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Coccyzus americanus, photographed at High Island, Texas. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours]

Image: Joseph Kennedy, 19 May 2009 [larger view].

Nikon D200 ,Kowa 883 telescope with TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/320s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400.

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

Review all mystery birds to date.


  1. #1 tdelene
    July 23, 2009

    Sure looks like a yellow-billed cuckoo to me.

  2. #2 tdelene
    July 23, 2009

    Yellow lower mandible, upper mandible black. Dull brown-grey cap with white chin, chest, underside. White tip on posterior tail feathers.

  3. #3 ground-petrel
    July 23, 2009

    Yellow-billed cuckoo (bill, location) .

  4. #4 arby
    July 23, 2009

    Another of my favorites, the sound of summer. rb

  5. #5 Ben
    July 24, 2009

    I’m probably too late for it to still be a mystery bird, but that is a yellow-billed cuckoo. It’s one of the 3 brown “U.S.” cuckoos, which rules out black-billed. And mangrove cuckoo is pretty much restricted to Florida in the U.S.

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