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Rose-throated Becard (Pachyramphus aglaiae), Rancho Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County

This Rose-throated Becard was found by Chris Benesh and Holly Bern on 16 November 2018 and photographed by Bob Starks on 23 November 2018

Once a regular breeding species in a few locations, Rose-throated Becard had almost disappeared from Arizona and was placed on the review list. Recently multiple individuals have been found along the Santa Cruz River, including at least three nesting pairs in 2018. An old nest was also found at this location on 11 November, suggesting that at least four pairs may have been active in Arizona in 2018.

The male is nearly unmistakable in this plumage with the pink throat and dark crown.


23 November 2018, photo by Bob Starks

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Submitted on 24 November 2018

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