Long-tailed Birds

I like birds with long and beautiful tails but there are very few of them around. Jet Eliot has got some of the very beautiful ones here which deserve more people seeing them . . . . . . . . . .

Jet Eliot

Resplendent Quetzal (male), Costa Rica

Fork-tailed Flycatcher (male), Belize

Every once in a while I come across a bird with a spectacularly long tail. It happened last month with this Fork-tailed Flycatcher in Belize. When the bird flies, his long tail ripples gracefully in the wind.

One day long ago, while I was still in birding classes, I was standing in my mother’s backyard, a suburb near Dallas not far from fields. I looked up and saw a beautiful bird on the telephone lines with the longest tail I had ever seen in my life. Later I was to learn it was the scissor-tailed flycatcher, not uncommon in Texas.

And since then, I have had the pleasure of collecting many beautiful images of birds with lengthy tails.

We were flying down a Mexican highway in a cab one day, when we spotted this jay on the lines. Screeched to a…

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