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could this be a Gray Vireo or a gnatcatcher?


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I'd like to answer the question. "No, unless you could get a seriously talented geneticist to help the bird's parents produce an oddball." ?

Northern Mockingbird does not have the obviously complete white eye rings of a gnatcatcher, nor the oft-nebulous complete white eye rings of Gray Vireo. Also, both vireo and gnatcatcher have dark irides, not icky to bright yellow ones, as in NOMO. Finally, gnatcatchers lack wing bars.

Look at ALL the features of an unknown bird. Don't match up just one character.

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