CLOSED: Fork versus Scissor tail

Georgetown, SC(Zone 8a)

Several months ago, I got an I.D. of this bird as a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, but I've been doing more research and am now leaning toward it being a Fork-tailed Flycatcher instead. Reasons for my confusion:
I took this photo in Brazil in Dec. I don't see anything about Brazil being in the "scissor" range, but the "Fork" is a full time resident there.
Most of the info on the "scissor" mentions the reddish belly and though it does say the female has "less red", I don't see any with no red.
Scissors photos seem to all show a lighter head, no dark cap like this.

Anyone able to confirm the I.D.? I'd like to add him to Birdfiles, but want to be certain.


Thumbnail by DebinSC
Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Yep, Fork-tailed.

Scissor-tailed is pale grey on its head, not black like that.


Georgetown, SC(Zone 8a)

Thanks, Resin! :D

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