Re: [CALBIRDS] Black-crested Titmouse
- At 01:18 PM 5/14/2010, fnscoble wrote:
>I believe I have a pair of Black-crested titmice in my yard in SouthSounds like it may be a Red-whiskered Bulbul which is an introduced species
>Pasadena, Ca. I can find no records of this species in Southern
>California. Any other reports? Any other bird it could be? Sharp
>black crest, white under chin, grey body with touches of rust near
>the tailfeathers. Melodic, strong song. Would love to hear thoughts!
from Asia that is well-established in the Pasadena area. A picture of
one taken at the LA County Arboretum can be seen here
Let me know if this looks like the bird you saw.
San Dimas, CA
- If the mystery bird does not prove to be Red-whiskered Bulbul, then it
is almost surely Black-crested Finch Lophospingus pusillus, native to
Bolivia, Paraguay, n. Argentina, which looks remarkably like
Black-crested Titmouse. Years ago, in a previous life, I owned a pair
purchased at a Bay Area pet shop, and they remain available in the
avicultural world. Such a bird in the Los Angeles area would be an
escape from captivity.
- Since you stated that you have a pair of these birds, rather than one lonely soul blown off course and out of its normal range, Bulbul is the more logical choice (esp. since Red-Whiskered Bulbuls have a breeding population in the area already). The basic feather patterns and crest might be similar between the two birds, but the behaviors are very different...were they fruit foraging or flycatching? or hanging upside down like a titmouse does? The vocalization that you described sounds more bulbul like too: lively and loud, with melodic passages interspersed with "churp" notes.
--- In CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com, "fnscoble" <fnscoble@...> wrote:
> I believe I have a pair of Black-crested titmice in my yard in South Pasadena, Ca. I can find no records of this species in Southern California. Any other reports? Any other bird it could be? Sharp black crest, white under chin, grey body with touches of rust near the tailfeathers. Melodic, strong song. Would love to hear thoughts!
> Fran Scoble
> South Pasadena, CA