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Old Monday 19th March 2007, 03:05   #1
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ID small bird in Southern California (Irvine)

Need help with the following bird ID. Was sitting in marshes (San Joaquin Marsh) in Irvine today. Size was perhaps a little larger than a sparrow or large sparrow sized.
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Old Monday 19th March 2007, 03:17   #2
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Looks kind of like Nutmeg Mannikin.
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Old Monday 19th March 2007, 03:19   #3
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Need help with the following bird ID. Was sitting in marshes (San Joaquin Marsh) in Irvine today. Size was perhaps a little larger than a sparrow or large sparrow sized.
Thanks for suggestions,
Elias Zuniga
They are Nutmeg Mannikins (Lonchura punctulata); adult and immature. They are non-native but are locally established breeders. I've seen quite a few nearby in Huntington Central Park. They are native to Southeast Asia.
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They are Nutmeg Mannikins (Lonchura punctulata); adult and immature. They are non-native but are locally established breeders. I've seen quite a few nearby in Huntington Central Park. They are native to Southeast Asia.
Thanks Dave and Joseph. By the way, Joseph, let me take this moment to thank you for the wonderful web page you have on California Birding. It has been tremendously helpful to my family.

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Yes they were once in San Diego too around the San Diego river. The last two winters have been very dry and I have not seen them in about a year and a half. I think in wet years these little guys spread.
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