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    Bird is humdinger of a mystery

    NewsRare Birds NewsWednesday 30 November 2011
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    US: Experts to test DNA to learn species of hummingbird, rare in Illinois

    For seven years, the Gyllenhaals have traveled the Chicago area spotting rare birds that happen to land here. But they may have made their greatest ornithological find in their Oak Park backyard.

    That's where Eric Gyllenhaal and his two sons spotted an emerald green bird flitting around last week. Since then, about 175 people have stopped at the Gyllenhaal home to catch a glimpse of the bird, which has created a feathered mystery of sorts.

    No one seems to know its species.

    It's probably a broad-tailed hummingbird or a rufous hummingbird, but it could be a hybrid. Whatever the case, it's a rare find. It would be the first record of a broad-tailed hummingbird in Illinois. Rufous hummingbirds have been spotted a few times in the state, but the only common hummingbird here is the ruby-throated variety.
     

    Source: Chicago Tribune

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