The final winner of the Mystery Bird Competition 2010 is:


Ed identified 8 out of 12 mystery birds correctly!!! Wow!!!

Very well done, congratulations!

Click for complete ranking here: 2010

See below the winners and solutions of each of the previous months of 2010:

Mystery Bird - December 2010


Solution - December 2010


Beautiful Jay Cyanolyca pulchra

This last round was very hard... and only three hardcore birders participated...

but unfortunately no correct anwsers.

Species that had been sent in:

Northern Mountain Cacique Cacicus leucoramphus
Ecuadorian Cacique Cacicus sclateri
Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus

Ranking click here!

Mystery Bird - November 2010


Solution - November 2010


Giant Conebill Oreomanis fraseri

This round turned out to be an easy one. Nine participants were able to identify the correct species to this tail:

Steve Davidson, Ed Smith, Joe Tobias, Scott Olmstead, Byron Palacios,

Rudy Gelis, Pat O'Donnell, Jonas Nilsson, Gabriel Bucheli, well done!

Other species that had been sent in:

Paramo Seedeater Catamenia homochroa

Still one round to go > who is going for the 2nd and 3rd place?!


Mystery Bird - October 2010


Solution - October 2010


Immature White-sided Flowerpiercer Diglossa albilatera

This round was very tough. However, no less than four birders sent in the correct anwser:

Jonas Nilsson, Ed Smith, Roger Ahlman and Gabriel Bucheli; felicitaciones!

Other species that had been sent in:

Ochre-bellied Flycatcher Mionectes oleagineus
Spangled Cotinga Cotinga cayana


Mystery Bird - September 2010


Solution - September 2010


Plain Antvireo Dysithamnus mentalis

There was just one winner this round: Joe Tobias, very well done!

A wide range of "incorrect" species that had been sent in:

Brown-capped Vireo Vireo leucophrys
Common Bush-tanager Chlorospingus ophthalmicus
Yellow-bellied Seedeater Sporophila nigricollis
Thick-billed Euphonia Euphonia laniirostris
Slaty-capped Flycatcher Leptopogon superciliaris


Mystery Bird - August 2010


Solution - August 2010


Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos

This round was "very tough". The second bird (in the left corner) might have helped a bit!

Joe Tobias, Avery Bartels and Ed Smith proved that they know their waders, congrats!

Other species that had been sent in:

Stilt Sandpiper Micropalama himantopus (2x)

Baird's Sandpiper Calidris bairdii

Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes

Masked Duck Nomonyx dominicus

Andean Teal Anas andium


Mystery Bird - July 2010


Solution - July 2010


Red-headed Barbet Eubucco bourcierii

This round many participants and many winners!

Byron Palacios, Manuel Sanchez, Luis Daniel Montalvo,

Fernando Vaca,Carlos Rodriguez, Ed Smith, Scott Olmstead,

Avery Bartels, Jonas Nilsson and Joe Tobias - BRAVO!

Other species that had been sent in:

Rufous-headed Pygmy-tyrant Pseudotriccus ruficeps

Green Manakin Chloropipo holochlora

Silver-backed Tanager Tangara viridicollis

Blue-crowned Manakin Lepidothrix coronata


Mystery Bird - June 2010


Solution - June 2010


Large-billed Seed-finch Oryzoborus crassirostris

Not many options for this black bird. However, it still turned out to be a tricky one!

The bill was indeed a bit pinkish, also in the field, but pure white in the Ecuador fieldguide; confusing!

Of 7 participants the following sent in the correct anwser:

Scott Olmstead, William Fiero, Roger Ahlman and Ed Smith well done!

Other species that had been sent in:

Slate-colored Grosbeak Saltator grossus (3)


Mystery Bird - May 2010


Solution - May 2010


Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea

Typical comments during this round where like:

"it's a tough one", "you sure pick some hard ones",  "it’s just too hard this time", "wow this month is a hard one", "another poor masterpiece".

Keep in mind that migrants can show up anytime as Mystery Birds, as long as they have been photographed in Ecuador!

No less then 9 birders sent in a solution this month, great work! Jonas Nilsson identified the bird correctly, very well done!

Other species that had been sent in:

Yellow-tufted Dacnis Dacnis egregia

Gray-hooded Bush-Tanager Cneumoscopus rubrirostris

Black-capped Tyrannulet Phyllomyias nigrocapillus

Flame-faced Tanager Tangara parzudakii

Brown-capped Vireo Vireo leucophrys

Hooded Mountain-tanager Buthraupis montana (2)

Bananaquit Coereba flaveola


Mystery Bird - April 2010


Solution - April 2010


Bright-rumped Attila Attila spadiceus

We had seven participants this month. Mitch Lysinger, Scott Olmstead, Avery Bartels

and Ed Smith sent in the correct anwser; well done!

Other species that had been sent in:

Variegated Flycatcher Empidonomus varius

Agile Tit-Tyrant Anairetes agilis

Sulphur-bellied flycatcher Myiodynastes luteiventris


Mystery Bird - March 2010


Solution - March 2010


White-necked Jacobin Florisuga mellivora - female

This round was a very tough one! We had 8 participants and no winner!

Species that had been sent in:

Great Sapphirewing Pterophanes cyanopterus
Napo Sabrewing Campylopterus villaviscensio
Green-crowned Brilliant Heliodoxa jacula
Sparkling Violetear Colibri coruscans (2)
Green Violetear Colibri thalassinus
Green-crowned Woodnymph Thalurania fannyi
White-vented Plumeleteer Chalybura buffonii 


Mystery Bird - February 2010


Solution - February 2010


Long-tailed Antbird Drymophila caudata

We had seven participants this round and all sent in the correct anwser!

Ed Smith, Mitch Lysinger, Neill Cade, Derek Kverno, Scott Olmstead,

Roger Ahlman and Jonas Nilsson - great work!


Mystery Bird - January 2010


Solution - January 2010


Double-toothed Kite Harpagus bidentatus

MBC 2010 started off with no less then 11 participants! Great!

Scott Olmstead, Derek Kverno, Mitch Lysinger, Neill Cade, Xavier Amigo,

Jonas Nilsson, and Ed Smith all sent in the correct anwser! Well done!

Other species that had been sent in:

Maroon-chested Ground-Dove Claravis mondetoura

Orange-breasted Falcon Falco deiroleucus

Plain-breasted Hawk Accipiter ventralis (2)

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