Mystery Bird: American Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos

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[Mystery bird] American Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos, photographed in Brazos Bend State Park, Texas. [I will identify this bird for you tomorrow]

Image: Joseph Kennedy, 10 March 2009 [larger view].

Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/1500s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400

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

Another view;

American Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos, photographed in Brazos Bend State Park, Texas.

Image: Joseph Kennedy, 10 March 2009 [larger view].

Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/640s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400

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Hmm. Well, the second one is an American crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos. No idea what the first one is. Some species of swan?

Judging by the fact that the photo is tagged "American crow", I'm going to guess American Crow for the second, too :)

Fish Crow
Shorter legs
Configuration of primaries

At least this was just a funny mistake. You didn't have go the emergency room or anything.

My guess is a black bear. Because it's black.

Without seeing a good third upper part of the bird in the picture, it can be distinguished neither by a "Fish Crow," nor an "American Crow" assuming that these two 'subspecies' have distinctive phenotypic characteristics. I would prefer to call it simply in all encompassing generic term the raven, as any non-birding layperson as I am one. It's a blackest, shiniest feathered raven--sign of its good health--that I ever saw. The part of the bird photographed is exceedingly well focused, but what happened to the other part?!
AriSan

Hi. Where are the answers to "Today's Mystery Bird for you to Identify".

Thank you for all.

By Luis Ochoa (not verified) on 05 Apr 2009 #permalink