What bird is this?

Pib

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Ever since we moved in this bird shows here every day, nowadays it comes many times a day. At least once a day it has a lizzard in its beak (the first two pictures) and as of lately it is also bring twits and leaving them on the windowsill, aparently for a nest.

What bird is this?
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Hillbilly

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I think it might be a Pajaro Bobo Menor

The diet is right. Wait and see if its nest lacks any lining and is more of a jumble of twigs rather than something really neat and tidy. Eggs (2or 3) should be blue-green.

Maybe thee are some real birders here??



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Cleef

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Cuckoo! No?

I have a picture of a very similar bird. Distinctive in the eyes and the huge tail feathers. It looks young

Loud too!

Hangs out on fruit trees......doesn't everyone?
 

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I believe you're right, HB...

Hillbilly said:
The diet is right. Wait and see if its nest lacks any lining and is more of a jumble of twigs rather than something really neat and tidy. Eggs (2or 3) should be blue-green.

Maybe thee are some real birders here??



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Pib,

There is a photo of the Pajara Bobo (otherwise known as the Hispaniola Lizard Cuckoo or Mangrove Cuckoo) at this URL.

http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite/Rapids/1432/endemics.html

(Although I find your PIC much better!) It's call is quite distintive, loud and clear.
Sounds something like 'awewheat'

Pretty bird.....
 

Pib

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Then my mom was right (hasn't she ever?). She told me it was a 'pajaro bobo'. It is a pretty bird with a loud and ugly call. It doesn't seem like a particularly smart animal, but maybe all birds are dumb. Sometimes it tries to come in the bedrooms and doesn't seem to notice the glass windows and smears them with lizzard blood :: eek ::

We have flower pots in the window where it is depositing the twigs and I have even thought of making it a bird nest or maybe build a bird house. We have grown very fond of it and consider it a pet we don't have to look after. It has taken to spend more and more time around us.

There are many trees around, notably three huge mango trees that attract a lot of small pretty birds with amazingly beautiful calls, those we can hear and see some times but they seem too shy or uninterested to come around... that is except for the pigeons who poop on our terrace.

I think I will take on bird watching... without having to leave my home.
 

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It doesn't seem like a particularly smart animal, but maybe all birds are dumb. Sometimes it tries to come in the bedrooms and doesn't seem to notice the glass windows and smears them with lizzard blood :: eek ::
Birds can't tell the difference between a window and open space. Thousands of birds die each year crashing into windows around the world. Its a sad place for birds.

I think I will take on bird watching... without having to leave my home.
Consider yourself lucky!
 

Hillbilly

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Just change your brand of

Window cleaner. Don't use Windex, it gets the window too clean. 'Sneesh! Don't you watch the commercials??

HB :D:D:D:D
 

Pib

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A few months back Chiri gave me a book called Common Birds of the Dominican Republic to see if I could identify our bird. I couldn't find ours there, after checking again I saw it, the picture in the book was taken from an angle that makes their bird look smaller. It says that the Surothera longirostris 'is found in many forested areas, including parklands, villages, broadleaf forests, and shade-coffee plantations'. Lucky for us it doesn't mind living in this concrete jungle.

How can I know if this one is male or female? Who builds the nest?
 

Pib

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Our bird is still hanging around and he got used to our presence, so I guess we can consider him some sort of pet. This photo was taken with a 70mm lens, that's how close I was, only 4 inches from his face.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tropicalnadia/152441166/" title="Photo Sharing"><img src="http://static.flickr.com/51/152441166_34dfe7dc54_o.jpg" width="500" height="332" alt="Portrait of a dumb bird" /></a>

He made this empty flower pot into a nest, we had some white pebbles in it and he seems to be mistaking them for eggs, still waiting for them to hatch. They aren't called 'dumb birds for nothing'.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tropicalnadia/152441167/" title="Photo Sharing"><img src="http://static.flickr.com/45/152441167_8988d7395b_o.jpg" width="500" height="332" alt="Our 'dumb bird'" /></a>
 

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WOW THAT'S A BEAUTIFUL BIRD! You are lucky to have him. I used to love to find nests with bird's eggs when I was in the DR, I just love nature.
Can I find that book you mentioned in Spanish???? I would like to give it as a gift to someone in the DR.
 

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NALs said:
Birds can't tell the difference between a window and open space. Thousands of birds die each year crashing into windows around the world. Its a sad place for birds.


Consider yourself lucky!

NALs and the statistics. LOL I couldn't resist.