I took this photo at the beginning of the month as I noticed there was a mark on this sparrow's cheek.
There have been sightings of tree sparrows in the village and I am wondering if this could be a young tree sparrow that is still developing it's colourings.
I know that the black throat/bib would make it a male house sparrow or a tree sparrow, but I did not see how long the bib was.
I think this bird had a brown head without grey, but the sparrows and starlings were moving around fast, so I only have this one photo of the bird.
You can see one white bar on it's wing and maybe white edging on the lower feather edges. I believe a tree sparrow would have two white bars on the wing.
It seems to have a yellow bill and it has a marking coming away from it's eye.
I would be interested to hear if people think this a house or tree sparrow. Thanks.
(Pardon the Scottish Accent)
In reply to Linda257:
In reply to Chris Gallagher:
In reply to Robbo:
In which case the thing on its cheek is presumably a zit
Chris Gallagher said:In which case the thing on its cheek is presumably a zit
Hopefully, LJB won't mind me suggesting the photo isn't ideal. It's even got people with different views of gender and house sparrows are quite different looking. Who knows what the mark is on the cheek. Could be to do with the photo, or something to do with the bird. What do you think the bird is? ......edit. Just noticed you'd replied to thread earlier. No, black bib is not diagnostic for tree sparrow. Male house sparrows have them as well as other birds like coal tit.
Hi Robbo, Honestly? I'm in a quandary over it; my first thought was bib and spot equal tree, but the crown seems to argue against that. I've seen some images of very leucistic tree sparrows in which the crown is reduced in colour to the point of being beige. Might a slightly leucistic specimen have a variation in colour, with beige giving onto brown? Also, the yellow bill may not be as definitive as supposed, according to this abstract. bioone.org/.../18-165.short
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