Forum > Identifying Birds > Magpie Sized Bird With Long Black Tail, Brown Wings, Blue / Grey Head & Body

Webmaster Posted 03-Jan-2017 14:00
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On behalf of Alan who sent in an email:-

On heathland near woodland (New Forest) with a flock of Redwings on grass this January.

About the size of a Magpie. Long black tail, brown wings, blue / grey head / body.

Very distinctive bird, standing upright and tall

Sorry, no photo

Thanks for your help.

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Hnadicap15 Posted 04-Jan-2017 15:34
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Probably a jackdaw

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Webmaster Posted 06-Jan-2017 10:34
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An update from Alan by email:

It was definitely not a Jay, nor a Jackdaw, I know my birds fairly well but have never seen anything like this one before.

So, I have drawn it for you and your members. I'm no artist so - sorry that my redwing resembles a duck billed platypus. The drawing should be mainly used for colouration clues although my mystery bird does look a bit more like what I saw than the redwing does.

Thanks for your help.

(Drawing attached to topic heading)

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Hnadicap15 Posted 11-Jan-2017 15:46
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It occurs to me that your drawing suggests a 'Red Backed Shrike'.  

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