Sparrow or Finch?
Posted 22 January 2012 - 10:40 AM
Posted 22 January 2012 - 01:06 PM
Posted 22 January 2012 - 02:04 PM
Posted 22 January 2012 - 04:26 PM
I would differ with the House Sparrow and call her a little House Finch [Female]
- Slightly notched tail
- Blurry greyish breast markings
- Indistinct head markings
- Short wings making the tail look long
- Flattened Head
- Greyish-brown to brown and streaked overall
- Thick greyish bill
- Blurry Greyish Streaking on belly and flanks separating them from Cassin's and Purple Finches.
[Online Source: Cornell's "All About Birds" identification key]
From personal experience: the females can have a orangeish or yellowish tint on the back and sometimes nape and face [notice mine in the first picture as yellow "blusher" on her "cheeks"].
Here's one of my little girls:
A mated pair (in the rain, and also qualifying as "puffy birds" in this picture):
Posted 29 January 2012 - 12:03 PM
Posted 29 January 2012 - 08:09 PM
I spent four hours hunting her today:
Female House Sparrow:
And her BabyDaddy ;-) :
Notice that eye-line and the head shape and bill color?
Posted 30 January 2012 - 04:28 PM
Posted 30 January 2012 - 05:18 PM
Posted 30 January 2012 - 06:54 PM
Posted 31 January 2012 - 06:07 AM
Wow 142.7% sure. I don't think that is enough!!! I knew that someone was going to post a picture of House sparrows. But still only 142.7% sure. Is anybody 142.8% sure?cabirds:That was kinda the point. Where the first pics I posted do. No, it's not a House Sparrow. Agreed. 142.7%. ;)
Posted 01 February 2012 - 11:24 AM
Posted 09 February 2012 - 09:11 AM
natureboy:why not a bunting? look at the blue trace on the back. and the segregation of the feather boders on the primaries and secondaries is not out of the question for a young/female bunting. and lazuli (from what i see in my guide) seem to express more of this in their wing patterns.
Agree with bunting. The proportions aren't right for a house finch. The head is too round, the body is to compact. The facial pattern isn't right either.
Posted 11 February 2012 - 04:19 PM
I agree with female House Finch. I haven't seen any Buntings other than Painted and Indigo, but I'm sure this bill is too conical for any bunting. Also note the streaking on the flanks. No American buntings show that.
D-lilly, it would be great if you would post ID threads in the ID section. :)
Posted 12 February 2012 - 07:24 PM
Posted 13 February 2012 - 12:05 AM
The bill shape is pretty clearly defined. And not Butterbutt for _certain_.
See if this helps? [Main photo belongs to the OP, just extracted. Knock-outs are mine]
Posted 13 February 2012 - 04:34 AM
Posted 13 February 2012 - 08:02 AM
Posted 13 February 2012 - 10:58 AM
Posted 13 February 2012 - 08:44 PM
This is a bird Identification thread, OK fine, would you like me to move it to the ID Forum?
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