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Rambis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 10:09 AM
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Bird? Turkey size-grey body, black head with white horizontal stripe
Edited on Fri May-09-08 10:09 AM by Rambis
orange curved bill? It walked close to the ground like a turkey. We saw it in Iowa yesterday- It's face almost looked like a puffin? Searching the internets has been unsuccessful so I come to DU for help-

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auntAgonist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 10:17 AM
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1. Puffin
Edited on Fri May-09-08 10:23 AM by auntAgonist
That's what I found doing a search on google.

The ONLY thing is, is that they are not as big as turkeys. Puffins are usually 10 inches tall (18 cm), which is about the height of a quart jug of milk. The puffin weighs about 500 grams, similar to a can of soda.

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Rambis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 10:22 AM
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3.  too small this thing was turkey size very wide (nm)
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auntAgonist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 10:24 AM
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5. yeah, I just edited my post ...
Puffins are usually 10 inches tall (18 cm), which is about the height of a quart jug of milk. The puffin weighs about 500 grams, similar to a can of soda.
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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 10:22 AM
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2. Ibis would be my first guess.
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Rambis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 10:23 AM
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4. curved short bill like a parrot and short legs (nm)
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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 10:26 AM
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6. A moorhen? --nix that. I agree with texas1928.
Edited on Fri May-09-08 10:35 AM by Gormy Cuss
A patridge seems to fit the description better.
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Chan790 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 10:29 AM
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7. Dodo?


If so, you're the zoologist of the century because they're extinct and were only native to a single island in the Indian Ocean.
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otherlander Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 10:30 AM
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8. Pheasant?
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Rambis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 10:42 AM
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14. tasty bird but no (nm)
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texas1928 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 10:31 AM
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9. Sounds like this bird, a partridge.


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zanne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 10:34 AM
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11. Beautiful. nt
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Rambis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 10:36 AM
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12. Could be a mutant partridge
this ting was the size of a turkey
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texas1928 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 10:53 AM
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15. Those pics don't really do them justice,
They are fairly good sized. And if it was a domesticated one, that got lose. It could be larger.
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Rambis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 10:56 AM
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16. closest so far
the all black head with white horizontal stripe still puzzles me but I think you have it.
I am going to see if anyone else got a look at it.

thanks all
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 10:33 AM
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10. Anything like these? We have lots of these around.


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Rambis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 10:38 AM
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13. short neck
Edited on Fri May-09-08 10:39 AM by Rambis
very black head with distinct white stripe - It looked like a turkey with those colors an orange parrot beak.

We have a turkey plant in town that does genetic testing I am thinking a frankenstein type turkey is loose.
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 10:59 AM
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17. turkey vulture?
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Rambis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 12:11 PM
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18. No
round black head with horizontal stripe short curved orange beak-Damnedest thing I have ever seen.
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semillama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 12:26 PM
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19. How about Guinea Fowl?
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TZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 12:35 PM
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22. D'oh! you beat me to it.
Thats what I think. Some people around here keep them and raise them for food...
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Rambis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 12:52 PM
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24. YES!!!!!!!!
spot on!
Cheers!
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blindpig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 12:27 PM
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20. Guinea Fowl?
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alarimer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 12:29 PM
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21. Puffins are marine birds and wouldn't be found in Iowa
Unless it escaped from a zoo or was SERIOUSLY off-course.

Anyway, it's too small.

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suninvited Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 01:26 PM
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25. According to Wikipedias list of birds for Iowa
Puffins ARE in Iowa. I was surprised, too.

That is a Puffin.
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The Velveteen Ocelot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 12:43 PM
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23. A Canada goose is almost turkey-sized, has a gray body
Edited on Fri May-09-08 12:44 PM by ocelot
and a black head with a white stripe on its face. But it doesn't have an orange curved bill. So I think you found a mutant cross between a goose and a puffin.
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suninvited Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 01:29 PM
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26. It sure looks like this to me


Head is turned a little different, and this one is standing taller.

Was it near water?
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Schema Thing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 02:31 PM
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27. Orangpussedplatyskunkin?
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Shakespeare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 04:45 PM
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34. He wasn't posting a pic of the bird he saw, just one he found that slightly resembled it.
He's already said upthread (after someone posted a photo) that it was a guinea fowl. Lots of folks raise those along with chickens, ducks, etc.
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suninvited Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 04:53 PM
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35. I am glad you explained that
I thought everyone had gone nuts saying that was a picture of a guinea!
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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 02:32 PM
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28. Great tit?
:think:
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TZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 03:36 PM
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30. ...
You are a bit obsessed with that bird eh? I'm going to have to call you temeah2 if you are not careful....
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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 03:57 PM
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31. Birds of a feather...
:crazy:
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 03:34 PM
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29. Guinea fowl?
(Not a native bird... I can't think of a native bird other than a duck or a goose REMOTELY close to that description.)








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hyphenate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 04:12 PM
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32. It looks like a different
Edited on Fri May-09-08 04:16 PM by hyphenate
breed of puffin. Sort of like penguins, in that there are differences between different breeds.




Also, from that website, more birds than you can shake a stick at.

http://www.birdsasart.com/bn212.htm
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hyphenate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 04:35 PM
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33. Here's a site for you to snoop around:
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