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So with that all black head, I'm assuming this is a juvie male transitioning into adult plumage? From what I read, they gradually become all black over their first year. I've seen a lot of Phainopeplas here in San Diego county, and in Seaz, and never saw one in transition like this. Cool!

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40 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Sidebar: I've never heard the name of this bird pronounced.  Are the first two letters pronounced as an 'F' sound, or as a 'P' sound?


I was curious too. :classic_unsure:  http://www.birds.cornell.edu/crows/birdname.htm   Dictionary.com has the little speaker symbol beside the word allowing you to hear someone actually saying the word. https://www.dictionary.com/browse/phainopepla



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