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« on: May 03, 2010, 10:18:26 pm »

Have just returned to UK from holiday in Huelva area.  On a visit to Donana on 15th April while eating a packed lunch in picnic area, I saw a glossy black corvid with a large yellow beak flying just under the canopy of the pine trees.  I consulted our local guide for help with identification and he said it must have been a blackbird! One other person saw the bird to verifly size but did not see the large yellow beak. Can you help please?
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« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2010, 06:54:53 pm »

The only black corvid with a yellow bill is Alpine Chough, but this would be extremely unlikely on the Coto.  However, it doesn't have what I'd describe as a "large" bill.  In my view a more plausible explanation is a corvid (in all probability a Raven as Carrion Crow is also unlikely) carrying something yellow or yellowish in their bill.  I've been momentarily fooled in the past by exactly this scenario (it was a bread roll!),
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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2010, 12:13:59 pm »

Thanks John, I was struggling to think what the bird could have been and hadn't thought about Raven carrying food, makes a plausible guess at what gibbles may have seen.


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