Basic Description. A bird almost universally considered “cute” thanks to its oversized round head, tiny body, and curiosity about everything, including humans. The chickadee’s black cap and bib; white cheeks; gray back, wings, and tail; and whitish underside with buffy sides are distinctive.
Resident or medium-distance migrant. White-crowned Sparrows that breed in Alaska and arctic Canada spend the winter over much of the continental U.S. and Mexico. Birds along the Pacific Coast and in parts of the interior West don’t migrate.
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, …
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 House Sparrows are brightly colored birds with gray heads, white cheeks, a black bib, and rufous neck – although in cities you may see some that are dull and grubby. Females are a plain buffy-brown overall with dingy gray-brown underparts. Their backs are noticeably striped with buff, black, and brown.
Western Gull: This large gull has gray upperparts, white head, neck, tail and underparts, yellow eyes, a bright yellow bill with red spot near tip and pale pink legs and feet.
Your unusual visitor is most likely a leucistic finch, not an albino. While an albino animal can have some pigment that isn’t produced from melanin, the most recognizable trait in an albino animal is the pink or red eyes. The eyes have no color, so the blood vessels in the eyes give them a reddish hue.
Black woodpecker with a white head. White patches in the wing are not always visible on perched birds, but they are noticeable in flight.
House Finches have large, thick beaks of a grayish color. 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.
* Finches have shorter legs than sparrows, and their legs are often dark gray; sparrows have longer legs, which are often pale pinkish. * Finches are plainer, less patterned; sparrows have more varied and intricate patterns.
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.
White-breasted Nuthatches are gray-blue on the back, with a frosty white face and underparts. The black or gray cap and neck frame the face and make it look like this bird is wearing a hood. The lower belly and under the tail are often chestnut.
Chickadees: With a quick glance, chickadees can resemble either finches or sparrows, but their plumage is more pied than either bird family, and they are far more energetic and acrobatic. They travel in larger flocks and have bold facial markings that set them apart.
The sparrow spirit animal symbolizes strength and power, even with its small structure. The sparrow represents courage and caution that you should express in your life. With the sparrow spirit guide in your life, you get the ability to express talent, intelligence, and creativity.
A rare white sparrow visits a Rio Vista backyard. The white is not caused by albinism, but by a different type of mutation of pigment. In this case, the bird’s feathers are white, but the eyes, beak and legs maintain their normal coloring.
The Goldcrest is smaller than the Wren and is Europe’s smallest bird.
Sparrow vs Wren: Size
Sparrows are slightly larger than most wrens, although both birds are quite small overall. Most sparrows are going to be 4.5-7 inches long. Wrens are even smaller than sparrows, putting them closer to some other birds like chickadees and finches.
This familiar songbird breeds from Alaska and Manitoba east to Labrador and Newfoundland, and south into the western mountains to northern New Mexico and central California. It is also found year-round from southwestern British Columbia south along the Pacific Coast to Santa Barbara County, California.
One such bird is the white-crowned sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys nuttalli), the males of which sing as a form of territorial defense. To defend their breeding grounds male birds increase their physical activity when they hear a novel bird song.