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White-Crested Elaenia, Rare South American Bird, Spotted On Chicago's West Side

04/22/12 09:17 AM ET AP

CHICAGO -- Bird watchers are flocking to Chicago to catch a glimpse of a rare bird.

Two teens spotted what appears to be a White-crested Elaenia early last week. If the American Birding Association confirms the sighting, it would be only the second one in the United States. The first was in Texas in 2008.

The tiny green-and-white bird with a white splotch on its crown is native to South America, some 7,000 miles away.

Word of the bird has spread quickly through social media, and binocular-toting tourists are rushing to Douglas Park.

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