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Old Apr 11th 2011, 1:01 pm
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Originally Posted by tonyk38 View Post
If the bird is Jackdaw-sized then it is a European Roller.

I'm a birdwatcher with more than 30 years experience and know these birds from having seen them. I know how bright blue Rollers appear when you see them.

European Bee eaters tend to appear quite brownish in the field, despite the blue on them. European Kingfisher can appear quite blue but the habitat described is all wrong for them. The only other reasonable contender is Azure-winged Magpie. However, despite blue on the wings and tail, you tend to notice the dark cap and pinkish toners just as much and the blue isn't the sky blue of the Roller which is so noticeable when you see them.

All other birds mentioned (Blue Jays, Bluebirds etc) do not occur in Spain.
If you`d said you were a twitcher I would not have throw my two penneth in

Here`s an image ,amazing looking bird ( I dont get to say that to often)
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Old Apr 11th 2011, 2:12 pm
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If it helps with identification the European Roller has a harsh call a bit like that of a crow which gets very loud when alarmed.
Lovely birds.
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Old Apr 11th 2011, 2:18 pm
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- ref the magpie, my was to indicate it may be one - the magpie - not whether or not it could be seen in Spain - I've seen a couple in Spain myself!!!!
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Old Apr 11th 2011, 2:24 pm
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Originally Posted by fionamw View Post
- ref the magpie, my was to indicate it may be one - the magpie - not whether or not it could be seen in Spain - I've seen a couple in Spain myself!!!!
Azure-winged Magpie they are also common in parts of spain and Portugal.
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