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This video was taken in Tucson, Arizona, USA, around February 15th sometime in the morning. The bird, which is sitting on top of the telephone pole, is almost the size of a Mourning Dove, and looks similar to an Abert's Towhee (or a brown Cardinal without the crest): overall drab browny color with thick conical bill and a long tail that seems to flick upwards occasionally. The song reminds me a little bit of a Curve-Billed Thrasher, but I could see clearly that was not the type of bird calling. I could also tell it was not a Mockingbird mimicking a Thrasher's calls, since the same exact phrases were repeated without much variation (plus I could see the bird and it was not a Mockingbird). Any ideas?
Spotted on Feb 21, 2012
Submitted on Feb 21, 2012