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What is this black bird in Malden MA with baby bird?

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In Malden, Massachusetts near the Medford, MA line, a few days ago (August 2020) in the late afternoon (4 pm or so), I saw this big black (mother or father?) bird with a curved bill and a little bit of white on its tail feeding the baby bird in the nest outside my house on a ledge under a 2nd floor deck (so, not near the ground).  The nest was there last year, too, and had baby birds in it then. This baby bird has such a pretty underwing and it flew away later that day. I didn't see it fly - I only noticed it wasn't in the nest later that night. 

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copy baby bird waits for food.jpg

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In the second picture you can see the white eye-ring and spotted chest indicative of a juvenile American Robin.

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Wow, thanks Bird Nut #1 and Kevin, and thanks for the link, Kevin! I am puzzled, though, as I thought adult robins would have a yellow beak and I'd see some evidence of the orange underneath. Also this parent seems to have a curved beak which I didn't think robins have. Maybe the eye-ring is the determiner...  I imagine other baby birds could have spots like that. 

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14 minutes ago, Donna1 said:

Also this parent seems to have a curved beak which I didn't think robins have.

I don't think the adult's bill isn't curved.  I think that's a dark mark on the wall behind the bird.

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Hi Charlie, Thanks for the thought about the dark bill possibly being a dark mark, but I looked at a photo of the empty nest later and the dark marks for the peeling paint all point up, not down. I also noticed in this photo that the bird(s) had spare nest twigs on the shelf above. And I'd noticed before, it appears a very 523232626_copyofpaintaboveemptybirdsnest.thumb.jpg.fb7996ac13c34f39ccf87bb1a62049ad.jpgtiny baby bird had fallen (or was pushed out) of the nest some time prior to that and was at the base of the nest on the white ledge. 

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