Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Photo Quiz (& Answer)

Forgive the deviation from the typical birdbook format; but, I wanted to share the below photos of a rather unique bird I encountered today (22 June 2011).  This bird was photographed at Oak Flats Campground (N33.307500  W111.050830  Elevation 3913 feet) in Pinal County, Arizona, USA.

Needless to say, this is a leucistic form of a bird that typically breeds in the area.  This particular individual fledged here earlier this summer.  It was also interesting to note this morning an adult plumaged male of this species which was showing notable leucism on the chest, throat, and crown.  I presume this individual was the contributing father.

I will post the answer on July 2nd (see below).

And, the answer is a...Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus). This is one of two leucistic birds that fledged in the area. To see photos of a different all white individual at another location in Arizona in 2009, take a look at this link...HERE.

11 Photos of Quiz Bird