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bdonley

Blonde sparrow?

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This is the first winter I've noticed this bird at my feeder. I live in the central part of Michigan (lower peninsula). It comes in and out with the sparrows to the feeder. It also eats on the ground (my deck). It looks like a sparrow but is blonde and white, a white underneath, light stripe behind eye. I'm going crazy trying to find out what it is. Can you help?

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It looks like it has some feather coloring disorder such as hypomelanism or aeumelanism. It's definitely a House Sparrow, at least got the species nailed down, but not sure which color abnormality it has as I don't have much experience with this tuff.

 

 

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Where can I find more info on this abnormality? Is this common? I've googled it but wasn't very productive. Thanks.

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There was an amazing article about feather abnormalities in the Sept/Oct issue of Birding put out by the American Birding Association, I looked on their archives and they didn't have that particular article open on the web. Maybe some how you could get a hold of one?

 

 

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