49-B-2018 Band-tailed Pigeon

STATUS
Accepted
DATE VOTING COMPLETED
1ST ROUND
7-0
HOW MANY OBSERVED?
1, juvenile
DATE SIGHTING OCCURRED
DATE REPORT PREPARED
REPORTER
Kristin Araki
OTHER OBSERVERS
Janis A.- person who found the bird
Mitsue and Hiroshi S.- other observers
Kristin A.- person to identify the bird
LOCALITY OF OBSERVATION
My home address (please see address in "Your Address" box)
HABITAT WHERE THE BIRD WAS OBSERVED
Backyard with a bird feeder
SIGHTING DURATION, CONDITIONS, and EQUIPMENT USED
SIGHTING DURATION: about 5 min.
WEATHER: cloudy, temperature in the low-mid 40s (Fahrenheit)
DID YOU TAKE NOTES?
No, not at all
DID YOU CONSULT A FIELD GUIDE OR OTHER REFERENCE WORK?
No, not at all
DESCRIPTION OF THE BIRD(s)
FAMILY: Doves and Pigeons
- Saw entire body of the bird, but the most noticeable characteristics were the bill, neck, feet, legs, and overall size of the body. Please see details down below.

- BILL: The bill was bright yellow with a black tip.
- NECK: The neck appeared to have a rust-colored tinge against a dark gray body.
- FEET& LEGS: Both feet and legs were bright yellow.
- BODY: The size of the bird appeared to be unusually large for any species regularly seen in Idaho.


BEHAVIOR OF THE BIRD(s)
The individual was seen flushed with a few Dark-eyed Juncos. Besides this brief interaction, the bird was seen alone.
HOW AND WHEN DID YOU POSITIVELY IDENTIFY THE BIRD, AND WHAT CLINCHED THE IDENTIFICATION FOR YOU?
- WHEN WAS POSITIVE IDENTIFICATION MADE: As soon as the bird was spotted.

- CLINCHED IDENTIFICATION: The bird's large size, bill & leg color, rust-colored tinge on the neck, and the overall body color.
HOW DID YOU ELIMINATE SIMILAR SPECIES? WHAT WERE THEY?
Based on the body color & size, bill & neck markings, and leg color, I was able to determine the species.
WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THIS (AND SIMILAR) SPECIES?
I have seen this bird several times in Los Angeles, and have become very familiar with the identifying marks of this species.
DESCRIBE YOUR GENERAL BIRDING EXPERIENCE
I am a self-taught birder and have been birdwatching for 20 years (most of my life). During this time, I have volunteered at the Intermountain Bird Observatory, been a graduate student's research assistant with Boise State University's Raptor Biology Program, and have helped with Christmas Bird Counts. A few years ago, I worked as a temporary technician for Fish and Game and counted Greater Sage-Grouse. Throughout my experiences, I have come to know Jay Carlisle, Heidi Ware, and RL Rowland and will ask them questions regarding bird behavior. As for my level of expertise, I would rate myself as advanced.
WERE PHOTO(S), VIDEO, AND/OR AUDIO OBTAINED FROM THIS SIGHTING?
Photo
SUPPORTING IMAGES

FIRST ROUND VOTING:

Cliff Weisse
Accept

Description and photos support identification of Band-tailed Pigeon.

Shirley Sturts
Accept

Bill and feet description are diagnostic

Carl Lundbad
Accept

Diagnostic photos

Dave Trochlell
Accept

I believe this was a juvenile Band-tailed Pigeon.

Darren Clark
Accept

The description and photos are good.

Jay Carlisle
Accept

well described and diagnostic pics

Doug Ward
Accept

Good description of primary features of this species, though would have liked a better comparative species discussion. Diagnostic photos also allow for an “accept” vote.