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nartreb
Tuesday 8th January 2013, 21:15
Location: Kona
Season: December
Size: small (don't recall very well, but probably close to sparrow-sized)
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8325/8360465252_7a64cfe4a9.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nartreb/8360465252/)

Hey, no IMG tags on this forum???

Dark grey back, pale belly, buff spot on breast, white beard, orange beak, sparse buff feathers on head with orange skin showing. Orange eye, white nape, pinkish-grey legs. Possible white/grey wing stripe or two when wings folded.

HawaiianOnline
Wednesday 6th February 2013, 03:53
Location: Kona
Season: December
Size: small (don't recall very well, but probably close to sparrow-sized)
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8325/8360465252_7a64cfe4a9.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nartreb/8360465252/)

Hey, no IMG tags on this forum???

Dark grey back, pale belly, buff spot on breast, white beard, orange beak, sparse buff feathers on head with orange skin showing. Orange eye, white nape, pinkish-grey legs. Possible white/grey wing stripe or two when wings folded.

Perhaps a Yellow Billed Cardinal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawaii) with some kind of disease? They're pretty common in South Kona.

Here's a photo I took of one last year... (http://www.pbase.com/hawaiianonline/image/140583505)

bkrownd
Wednesday 6th February 2013, 23:53
Young yellow-billed cardinal

HawaiianOnline
Thursday 7th February 2013, 07:39
Young yellow-billed cardinal

Ah, so it is a juvenile then? I've never seen one. I've seen lots of adults in Naalehu. Thanks for clarifying that.

bkrownd
Friday 8th February 2013, 21:22
Ah, so it is a juvenile then? I've never seen one. I've seen lots of adults in Naalehu. Thanks for clarifying that.

So I'm guessing - at least the young ones usually have dull colors like that.