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.
Also known as the ‘hedge sparrow’, the dunnock is commonly mistaken for a female house sparrow. Discover more about this humble, but fascinating, garden bird in our expert guide by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO).
Harris’s Sparrows are large and chunky sparrows. Their big barrel-shaped chest makes their round head look a little small for their body. They have a long tail and a medium-sized conical bill.
Comparing a Sparrow and a Wren
|Bill shape||Broader than a wren.|
|Tail length||Short, but longer than a wren.|
* 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.
Difference between a dunnock and a sparrow
The best places to look are the head and beak – where a house sparrow has a brown head with either a grey crown (male) or a brown crown (female), a dunnock has a blue-grey head. In addition, while sparrows have thick beaks, the beak of a dunnock is thin and pointy.
Dunnocks are not sparrows, they’re actually the only UK member of a bird family called the accentors. Their thin beaks are ideally suited for eating invertebrates, and they spend most of their time hopping around on the ground in search of spiders and insects.
Small, nondescript brown bird with a short tail, thin bill, and dark barring on wings and tail with a paler throat.
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.
Small brown birds at your feeder are likely to be sparrows or female finches. However, they might be female blackbirds. They might be wrens!
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.
Sparrows are generally larger than finches in size and are also more heavily built. They have a well-rounded body with a rounded head and tail, which is different from the finches’ flat head and notched tail. The beaks of these birds are also significantly different.
Canary Colors and Markings
The wild canary is greenish yellow over most of its body with yellow underparts. Due to the selective breeding of the domestic canary, canaries come in an array of bright colors, including orange, white, red, and yellow. Yellow is the most common color for the domestic canary.
Cassin’s Sparrow Photos and Videos
Long-tailed sparrow with a round head and conical bill. Grayish brown overall with a plain face.
The dunnock is a common bird, with an estimated two million pairs in the UK, but numbers have fallen by close to a third since the 1970s.
Starlings are chunky and blackbird-sized, but with short tails and long, slender beaks. In flight their wings are short and pointed, making them look rather like small, four-pointed stars (and giving them their name).
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.
House Finches are very attracted to water features. They will come to drink and bathe at your bird bath.
Where and when to see them. Dunnocks inhabit any well vegetated areas with scrub, brambles and hedges. Look in deciduous woodland, farmland edges, parks and gardens. They keep largely on the ground and often close to cover.
The Dunnock has been placed on the Amber List of birds of conservation concern because its breeding population underwent a substantial decline between the mid-1970s and the mid-1980s. Since then the population has recovered somewhat, although numbers have not returned to previous levels.