small bird with extreme long tail feathers

by Sarah Desborough
(Santa Ana, CA )

I keep seeing a small bird with extremely long tail feathers. Looks like the tail has 3 long feathers. Reminds me of a scissor tail in Texas but when the bird is in flight does not mimic the scissor tail. Hmmm just curious what this bird might be. Hard to determine the coloring but I would guess a grey/silver breast, darker wings. the bird seems to associate with other birds but not of the like kind which confuses me. does anyone have a clue?


I am also seeing a bird that when sitting on a branch has a dark color to the wings but when takes flight the back and tail show to be blue. Anyone with thoughts here?

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Oct 24, 2014
I have one too! NEW
by: Bud Lorance

I live in Orange and have recently had a small bird with long tail feathers take up residence in our neighborhood. I'm guessing it escaped from someone nearby. It's the size of a finch, white belly, dark wings and tail which is about 10" long. It has a short, dark orange beak. It's aggressive towards other birds and responds to my whistling. I put seed out and have lot's of regulars and this one seems looks like it's here to stay.

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