Palm Springs Ca. unknown birds.

by lorrie
(Palm Springs Ca.)

lavender back,white under side long tail long beak. Seen in groups in the valley of Palm Springs,Ca. can you help name this bird?

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Mar 11, 2013
White-breasted nuthatch???? NEW
by: GaryE

Well I just looked through my favorite bird book and the only birds which even vaguely matches your description and are located in your area are:

the White-breasted Nuthatch but its does not have what I would call a long tail nor is it lilac . . . it is really more of a light grey but I guess in a certain light one could call it lilac Check out: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/White-breasted_Nuthatch/id and see if that rings a bell. This is a bird that I am pretty familiar with and they are usually only seen alone or by twos most of the year. When they have young birds it is possible to see 3 or rarely 4 but that is it so I doubt this is your bird but it does vaguely match your description.

Scrub Jay http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Western_Scrub-Jay/id It does have a large beak and long tail . . . but I would describe it a blue and it is a pretty big bird . . what do you think?

Well that is all I can come up with. Check out those two pages and if neither is your bird check out the Similar Species section of that page and see if that helps you identify your bird.

Good Luck!

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