Wayne R. Petersen
A glance at the thickness and length of the legs of this issue’s mystery species suggests that it is not an especially small bird, an impression reinforced by the length of its unmarked tail in relation to the rest of its body. The back and wings of the bird are unmarked by wing bars or other conspicuous markings, and—when the image is viewed in color—the bird’s back is almost entirely a uniform medium gray. The only contrast is between the black on the back of the head and the white on the neck and cheek. Even the underparts exhibit little contrast when compared to the back and wings. In summary, we are left with a medium-sized bird relatively devoid of any overall conspicuous markings.
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