What bird is like a PM but has white chest

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Chris B
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Location: AL/Toney

and white tips on the tail feathers? I ask because as I was driving down my street one flew out in front of my truck and I hit it. I was really worried I had hit a tree swallow but this bird, that I was able to pick up ALIVE and hold in my hand as I drove to my front yard to evaluate it's condition and decide what to do. It just held onto my finger as I caressed it's back with my thumb. When I got out of the truck and sat on the grass near the gourds it flew away from my hand!!

What kind of bird is colored like that? I flew like a swallow. It wasn't a PM, barnie, or TS. Same size as a PM but with that white chest. Man it was pretty warm too. Glad it was able to fly away and I hope it lives.
2014 8 gourds, 3 pairs nested. Ended w/ 24 total
2015 24 gourds, 22 nests. Lotsa birds!
2016 24 gourds and good activity.
2017 32 SREH gourds. Great activity.
2018 40 SREH gourds. Good finish despite big storm damage. No more dangling gourds.
2019 56+ SREH gourds, all on 3/8 rods. Birds did very well.
2020 56 SREH gourds.
madattiver
Posts: 263
Joined: Tue Nov 11, 2003 8:44 pm
Location: SK/Saskatoon
Martin Colony History: 12 unit North Star + 4 gourds
2014 - 1 pair
2015 - 1 pair
2016 - 1 pair + 1 sub male (until my female died)
2017 - 6 pair

Maybe a cliff swallow?
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Louise Chambers
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Location: Corpus Christi, TX

Eastern Kingbird - the white tip to tail nails that ID.

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eastern_Kingbird/id

They make great watchdogs against hawks.
Chris B
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Location: AL/Toney

That's him!!

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2014 8 gourds, 3 pairs nested. Ended w/ 24 total
2015 24 gourds, 22 nests. Lotsa birds!
2016 24 gourds and good activity.
2017 32 SREH gourds. Great activity.
2018 40 SREH gourds. Good finish despite big storm damage. No more dangling gourds.
2019 56+ SREH gourds, all on 3/8 rods. Birds did very well.
2020 56 SREH gourds.
rickchilli
Posts: 19
Joined: Mon May 18, 2015 10:13 am
Location: MO/Chillicothe
Martin Colony History: I mailed in hard copy showing several years history since restarted martin colony in 2008.

Yep, probably Eastern King bird. I had one a couple of years ago fighting with my martins and I looked it up. They hang around our golf course. The golf course people thought they were martins.
rick
avesrun
Posts: 1115
Joined: Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:10 pm
Location: Iowa/West Des Moines
Martin Colony History: Home Site: 2017- 0
2016 - 1st pair, fledged 5
Satellite Site: 2017 (3rd season)
34 pair
Fledged- 102

Ah yes Tyrannus tyrannus; that's the Latin name for E. Kingbird. They can be sort of assertive about themselves!
TimG
PMCA Member
Home Site: 2012-15 visitors
2016 - 1st pair, fledged 5
2017-18 Zero
2019- 3 Successful Pr
2020- 21pr, fledged 76
Satellite Site: 2014 - visitors
2015 - 2 pair fledged 9
2016 - 13 pair fledged 44
2017 - 31 pair fledged 118
2018 - 44 pair 163 fledged
2019- 49 pr 219 fledged
2020- 47 pr 209 fledged
DerrickK
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Joined: Wed Dec 24, 2014 11:50 am
Location: Ontario/Ayton

Had one hit the window about a month ago--first time I'd had one in hand and was surprised to see a red streak on the top of its head. Book says that the red is rarely seen--probably there for only the opposite sex to see. It recovered from the miss hap OK
Brad
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Location: Duck Lake SK

I had one of these guys attack one of my subbies last week. Was pecking the sub adult male so hard you can actually hear its beak whack the subbies skull. Was a pretty aggressive bird. Looked just like the sub adult male same size and all. Just different character traits.

Brad,
Scully
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Location: Texas/San Antonio

Brad wrote:I had one of these guys attack one of my subbies last week. Was pecking the sub adult male so hard you can actually hear its beak whack the subbies skull. Was a pretty aggressive bird. Looked just like the sub adult male same size and all. Just different character traits.

Brad,
Hopefully what you heard was the snapping of that bill, which they do in aggressive display.

Here's one in Pa. that mobbed me on my bike trip last year 8)

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The cool thing about Eastern Kingbirds is that, in the Tropics, in the winter, their behavior changes completely and they travel about in large flocks feeding on fruit.

Waxwings, which also have a pale tail tip (in their case yellow rather than white), also are nomadic fruit eaters in when not breeding. I dunno what it might be about that mode of life that makes a terminal tail band a good thing to have.

Mike
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Bob Buskas
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Joined: Sat Nov 15, 2003 8:08 pm
Location: Wetaskiwin Alberta, Canada

I'm thinking Eastern King Bird?
Bob Buskas, Alberta, Canada (The Northern Sky's Colony) Supplimental feeding is the key during bad weather, but you must train them to feed ahead of time.
Mhoover
Posts: 214
Joined: Wed May 30, 2012 10:30 am
Location: Indiana/Monticello - White County
Martin Colony History: Started with 2 pair in 2014 - 7 eggs -7 fledged

Eastern Kingbird.

We have a pair that nests in the area. I see them flying around and sometimes perching on my back fence.
2017-5 pair
2016-4 pair- 18 hatched-18 fledged
2015-1 pair -Both ASY- 6 eggs-5 fledged
2014-2 pair- 1 ASY-M/SY-F-1 ASY pair - 7 eggs-7 fledged

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Peter Alberda
Posts: 175
Joined: Wed Feb 23, 2011 4:09 pm
Location: Michigan, Zeeland
Martin Colony History: Started with Amish copy of Trendsetter 12 room house, added Trio Grandpa with expanded rooms, and North Star 8. Taking Trendsetter down this spring and adding gourd rack.

I've heard them called false martins. They do look a lot like martins when they have their wings set.
2020 - A pair of SY birds with three nice chicks. Lots of visitors all year long.
2015-2019 - A few lookers.
2014 - ASY male and SY female fledged four chicks.
2013 - Several visitors but none stayed to nest.
2012 - Lots of visitors all season long. We had a pair of sys but no chicks survived.
2011 - New location - A few visitors
2010 - First year – Poor house location.
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