Port Isabel, TX, United States
I was fortunate enough to photograph this rare Crimson-collared Grosbeak. She appears to have lost her tail, likely while evading a predator.
The Crimson-collared Grosbeak is a species with a very small geographic range in eastern Mexico. In the United States, they are rare visitors to southern Texas, where most birds have been seen during the winter months. According to sdakotabirds.com, the first sighting occurred in 1974, and several sightings have occurred since then. It is a little studied species, with much to be learned about habits, diet, and breeding behavior.