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

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Washington Avenue Elementary School fifth graders from Roswell, N.M., armed with binoculars, observe different species of birds Thursday, April 30, 2009, during a field trip to Bottomless Lakes State Park hosted by Audubon New Mexico. (AP Photo/Roswell Daily Record Mark Wilson) | 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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