Is It A Scissor Tail?

This morning, while eating breakfast, I saw a bird I had never seen in Panama. When I lived on a farm in Oklahoma, I would occasionally see a bird with a long tail it was called a Scissor Tail Flycatcher.  I think this has to be the bird i saw this morning.

I ran for my camera and took several photos, but many didn’t produce the results I wanted. The bird was a long way off and I could not get the right depth of field. Here are a couple photos i did get.



8 thoughts on “Is It A Scissor Tail?

  1. In March 2010, while staying at Cielito Sur B&B in Chirique providence my wife and I visited the site of the petroglyphs where we observed scissor tailed flycatchers in fields adjacent to the site.

  2. If you turn off the PanAm towards Las Olas, there is a town called Tijeras. It was named after these birds, which used to be found in abundance there. Scissors is tijeras in spanish.

  3. I live in Tijeras and there are still lots of these in the countryside nearby, it is common to see 50 or more in the same field

  4. I sent those pics to a friend in Bostobn, who is a bird watcher, here is his response….
    “Hmm, it does look like a scissor tail flycatcher, but the tail feathers appear to be too wide. Sorry, I don’t know Central American birds well enough to give a good answer.”, I bet Jack is correct….

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