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Caballo Lake SP--Percha Recreation Area, Sierra County, New Mexico, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:00 AM
Party Size:
2 hour(s)
1.0 mile(s)
Dave Cleary
2 species (+1 other taxa) total

To be honest, when I heard this bird call near the playground area I looked around for a birder playing a taped call. I thought our winter visitor - if this is the same bird - was long gone. It then flew over near the restrooms where another yellow bellied bird flew in which I at first thought was a second kiskadee. Turned out to be a kingbird - see below.

© Dave Cleary

yellow-bellied kingbird sp.

I believe this is either a Couch's or Tropical Kingbird. The bird flew into to the same tree that the kiskadee was calling from, but they did not appear to interact. I have very little experience with either Couch's or Tropical Kingsbirds, but the yellowish mantle, thick bill that does not appear to be overly long, fairly soft brown wings and tail, underparts as bright yellow as the kiskadee, and the call notes that somewhat mimic WEKI. The few call notes (kip or dik) I heard were measured - not delivered in staccato.

© Dave Cleary


Irrrepressible..........calling when I arrived, as I was leaving abd probably while I walked downstream.

© Dave Cleary


Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?