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I am thinking this is a Western Kingbird, however I am not positive. My other thought is that it might be a Great Crested Flycatcher. Any help would be much appreciated!

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Okay, Roy and Brian I am asking for more assistance. I was in the process of updating the spotting, but I could not get over the fact that in the one photo that shows the back of the bird it appears to me to have a green tint to its' feathers. In my research I could not find a Great Crested flycatcher that has this feature. I have several more photos that show the bird having the same coloring on the wings. I am now wondering if it could be a Couch's Kingbird. The physical characteristics are the same. The recorded calls I listened to were very similar to the Great Crested flycatcher. The Tropical Kingbird is also very similar, but the call did not match what we heard and San Antonio is not in its normal range. Now I am very confused. :) Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you both Brian and Roy. Yes, after a bit more research, and listening to recorded calls on a few sites I have to agree with you both. I will update the spotting. Thanks again for the input. The students and I really enjoyed having it visit us at our classroom window, and then seeing a pair out at recess!

Roy Arun
Roy Arun 2 years ago

Yes It is Great Crested Flycatcher. I agree with Brian Sir. I think in Western Kingbird the tail is black with white outer tail feathers that are especially conspicuous in flight. In pic that part is not so prominent. Check if you noticed that.

Brian38
Brian38 2 years ago

Hi Dawn. I can't believe how much the two species you mentioned look alike. I'm believe it is a Great Crested Flycatcher based solely on wing and tail feather coloration/pattern.

San Antonio, Texas, USA

Spotted on Apr 1, 2019
Submitted on Apr 1, 2019

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