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Monday, May 10, 2010

TWO VIEWS OF MYSTERY BIRD







9 comments:

Max Blake said...

Escapee turkey hens surely...

Christian said...

Looks like a peahen.

stormwalkernz said...

Im afraid the nearest I could come considering the neck and head shape and distinctive bob when it walks would be a female peacock.

Russ.G.H. said...

Lokks like a female Peacock, a Peahen.

Retrieverman said...

No mystery.

It's a wild turkey.

I've seen hundreds of them, and they do come into towns.

shiva said...

Well, it's clearly a galliform - my first guess, given that it's (presumably) in North America given the phrases "back yard" and "city limits", was a skinny wild turkey, but the neck looks too long and in the closer video the head doesn't look right - more like a peacock or pheasant, but the colour isn't right for a peacock/hen.

Could it be a hybrid? It reminds me of this stuffed hybrid peafowl x guineafowl: http://pic.atpic.com/1630115/600

shiva said...

Also, is it the same bird in both photos? It has clearly white wing feathers standing out in the first video, whereas the same feathers are dull grey in the second, and (while it's hard t tell due to distance), the neck looks longer and thinner in the first video to me.

Could there be some breeder of hybrid or "exotic" (eg. colour variants) galliform birds nearby who has occasional escapes?

RuhRyan said...

Blakes got it right, at least as right as you could be. White winged male, darker female. Google Turkey hen people.

RuhRyan said...

well that was an incredibly stupid comment. But um, I would say first one is a female turkey, which is a turkey hen , duh,, and the second is a female peacock, note the blue head and blue feather shine.