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#ABArare – Green-breasted Mango – Texas

On December 2, 2017, John Brush discovered a young Green-breasted Mango (ABA Code 4) at Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center in Hidalgo County, Texas. Green-breasted Mango has occurred in the ABA Area around 20 times, with all but a few records coming from south Texas.

Quinta Mazatlan is one of the smaller World Birding Center sites, a historic mansion located in McAllen, but it has a history of excellent birds. From Expressway 83 take the 10th Street Exit past the La Plaza Mall before turning east on Sunset Drive. There is a $3 admission fee. Site hours are 8am to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

Green-breasted Mango ranges widely from northern Mexico to northern South America. The northernmost subspecies, nominate prevostii, is the most likely to occur in the ABA Area, and is migratory in eastern Mexico. Howell, et al, in Rare Birds of North America notes that any vagrant mango should be carefully checked for the possibility of Veraguan Mango, Black-throated Mango, or Antillean Mango, though those species have not occurred in the ABA Area before.

As mentioned above, most records in the ABA Area come from Texas, but Green-breasted Mango has also occurred in North Carolina (2000), Wisconsin (2007), Georgia (2007-08), and Louisiana (2009).


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