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Ken Nielsen

Don't know what is - Female Red Winged Black Bird?

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Portland, Oregon today June 17th this bird is a mystery to me as does not conform to any other reference photos I have. Structure looks like possible female Red Winged Black Bird? Need help with this one... Thank You... 

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With the dark iridescent feathers and light spots, as well as the yellow bill, this is a European Starling. 

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Seconded. It looks like it might be immature with that much brown on the wings and tail.

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Beautiful pictures! I would have to say after seeing the second photo, I think I am incorrect in guessing it was immature.

The head is pure black with no speckles, so I think this is a breeding adult European Starling.

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Thank you so very much. There are lots of these right now and beautiful lively birds that are fun to watch. I appreciate your help with this.

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The immatures are really confusing as they look very little like the adults, including the beaks; just the chunky bodies/general shape. I got confirmation on this photo a few weeks ago on this forum for the juvenile starling - even before the before the black base and white spots appear. The second photo is a also a young one from the year before.

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Starling juvenile Wantea-N rd.JPG

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