Black Phoebe Photos and Videos Dark sooty gray overall with a white belly.
Speckle-breasted Wren Pheugopedius sclateri.
Dickcissel. Dickcissel are small-sized bird from the sparrow family, that can be found in fields, grasslands and prairies throughout North America, migrating from Central America during the winter months.
The Black-tailed Gnatcatcher is a small, non-migratory often mistaken for a chickadee. This bird measures only 5″ inches in length, and can be found year round on both coasts of California and as far north as Washington state; they can also be found all along the West Coast of North America.
Small, nondescript brown bird with a short tail, thin bill, and dark barring on wings and tail with a paler throat.
Male Spotted Towhees have jet-black upperparts and throat; their wings and back are spotted bright white. The flanks are warm rufous and the belly is white. Females have the same pattern but are grayish brown where males are black. In flight, look for white corners to the black tail.
The American robin is in the thrush family, a group of birds known for their musical songs. The hermit thrush lacks the robin’s reddish coloring but the face, eye ring and beak look similar. The spots on its breast might make you think you’re seeing a juvenile robin.
Wrens: Similar in color to sparrows, wrens show more barring on the wings and tail than sparrows typically have. Their bills are long and thin for plucking insects, and while their tails may be long like sparrows, wrens typically hold their tails cocked sharply upward while sparrows do not.
The White-crowned Sparrow is a distinctive bird with bold black and white stripes on its head.
Chickadee Encounters and Omens
They are even known to be bold enough to occasionally land on humans or eat from their hands. A close encounter with a chickadee, especially one in which the bird approaches you, can mean that you are radiating a sense of trustworthiness or peacefulness.
The black-and-white mannikin (Spermestes bicolor) or black-and-white munia, is a species of estrildid finch, widely occurring throughout the African tropical rainforest.
10 Small Gray Birds with White Bellies: What Are They?- 1 Dark-eyed Junco.
2 Tufted Titmouse.
3 Carolina Chickadee.
4 Eastern Phoebe.
5 Blue Gray Gnat Catcher.
6 Mountain Chickadee.
7 European Crested Tit.
8 Sagebrush Sparrow.
Juncos vary across the country (see Regional Differences), but in general they’re dark gray or brown birds brightened up by a pink bill and white outer tail feathers that periodically flash open, particularly in flight. Dark-eyed Juncos are birds of the ground.
Measurements. Soft silvery gray above and white below, with a rusty or peach-colored wash down the flanks. A black patch just above the bill makes the bird look snub-nosed. Tufted Titmice are acrobatic foragers, if a bit slower and more methodical than chickadees.
House Sparrows have a much more conical bill that is smaller than finches’, and the bill is black or yellow, depending on the bird’s gender and breeding stage. House Sparrows’ color pattern is generally darker than that of House Finches, with deeper browns and more black in the back and wings.
Although the two birds look very similar to one another, they come from different families. The house finch comes from the Fringillidae family. However, the house sparrow comes from the Passeridae family.
Some brown birds commonly confused with male or female House Sparrows include: American Tree Sparrow, Carolina Wren, Cassin’s Finch, Chipping Sparrow, Cowbird, House Wren, Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Harris’s Sparrow, House Finch, Purple Finch, Rose-breasted Grosbeak (female), Junco, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, …
Adults have a typically sparrow-like dark-streaked brown back, and white underparts except for a dark central spot. The cheeks and crown sides are chestnut, with white eyebrow and crown stripes. The dark tail’s corners are also white. Young Lark Sparrows are duller, and the underparts are streaked.
Males are entirely jet-black, whereas females have a largely buff-brown body and a gray head. Females of the similar-looking Lesser Antillean Bullfinch are grayish below with a browner head. The male Lesser Antillean Bullfinch is mostly black but has a small red throat patch that male St. Lucia Black Finches lack.
American Tree Sparrow
The American Tree Sparrow is similar to the chickadee in size and shape, but the tree sparrow is larger and chunkier than its cousin. It has a larger head and a thicker bill than other sparrows. Its back is brownish with streaks of black and white, and its chest is a solid brick red.