Sunday, March 04, 2007

Mystery Sparrow in Florida--ID Help Needed!!!

A Florida birder has requested help in identifying this "unknown sparrow." We thought about sending the photo to ID-Frontiers, or maybe even to birderblog.com, but we're not sure those folks would be able to come up with an appropriate response.

Here's the unknown sparrow--can anyone id this species?:

Comments?

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tough one, but I'd guess it's FL's first record of Black-chinned Sparrow.
:)

Anonymous said...

When you hear statistics that there are "x" million birders in the US -- this sparrow person is who makes up 90% of those ridiculous totals.

Anonymous said...

I do not have a clue!

Seriously!

David Sibley

Anonymous said...

Hey I know one thing BINAC it's not a Myna.

Bill Pranty

Anonymous said...

I know what it is! Hold on I have to take the gum out of mouth, powder up some, slam some makeup on my grill, get on the radio, stand next to someone important, feed my rabbit, and slam some drinks down. Ok I know it's not a raptor because I know my raptors!

Is it a sparrow of some kind? Ok ok is it a Zebra Finch? I love Zebra Finches because they look so cute bouncing around in the cages at the pet store!

Ok BINAC I will see you at the next festival!

Love you!

Birdchick

Jochen said...

Hey, come on, it is not all that simple! After all, the good old House Sparrow has been split or should be or maybe not but anyway, there are two interesting forms of the House Sparrow that some authorities treat as separate species, the House Sparrow and the "Indian Sparrow". And even though the ordinary English Sparrow was introduced to North America, apparently the Indian form was introduced to e.g. South Africa so who knows and it is migratory in its origninal range in Asia...
So, please, give it at least a short second glance.

Bill Pulliam said...

I'm sorry, but without any reference to provide a proper size scale, it isn't even possible to determine that the bird is a sparrow, much less what species. And where are the observer's original field notes, to provide information on behavior, vocalizations, etc. This is utterly useless and totally inadequate.

Perhaps if we blurred the image, it would help?

birdchick said...

Which Florida birder was this? Mr. Guppy perhaps?

birdchick said...

Sweet! Someone is commenting as me! And they have it almost all the way down, however I don't powder and I usually leave my gum in my mouth when identifying birds.

Yes, I am in love with BINAC. I just can't help myself. When I get done with this non birder fetish, I'm coming for you, BINAC.

Birding is NOT a crime!!!! said...

Oh, my.

John said...

It's clearly a sable-breasted sparrow!

Anonymous said...

With all the dispute about its identity, could it be a Loggerhead Sparrow, Melospiza vexans?