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Req ID on possible Dark-Eyed Junco (Oregon x pink-sided) in Quispamsis, New Brunswick (1 Viewer)

Juncoed

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Canada
This bird showed in my yard in Quispamsis, New Brunswick. It bears resemblance (to me) to online photos of a Dark-Eyed Junco (Oregon x pink-sided).
Requesting opinions :)
 

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nartreb

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I think it's an immature bird - notice how the dark hood does not extend to the nape. I'm no expert in Oregon or Pink-sided, but it doesn't look like a normal adult of either of those to me, and I don't see why a hybrid would have that incomplete hood either.

If it's an immature bird, the question becomes, is there anything here to say it's not a Slaty? Can't say I've seen one quite like this before, but maybe somebody more expert will give it a look.
 

connorco

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United States
This looks fine for a pure Oregon Junco to me. Definitely doesn't have any pink sided in it, and I don't see anything that points to cis here.
 

Juncoed

Member
Canada
This looks fine for a pure Oregon Junco to me. Definitely doesn't have any pink sided in it, and I don't see anything that points to cis here.
Thank you - I appreciate the ID. We don't get to see these very often this far east and therefore have little reference.
 

connorco

Well-known member
United States
Thank you - I appreciate the ID. We don't get to see these very often this far east and therefore have little reference.
No problem. This is one of the Northern subspecies in the Oregon group, probably oregonus from up in Alaska due to the very bright back. Contrary to belief, pink-sided are pretty dull, and their flanks aren't that bright. Attached below is a poor image of a Pink-sided I had a week ago next to an Oregon for comparison.

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Juncoed

Member
Canada
No problem. This is one of the Northern subspecies in the Oregon group, probably oregonus from up in Alaska due to the very bright back. Contrary to belief, pink-sided are pretty dull, and their flanks aren't that bright. Attached below is a poor image of a Pink-sided I had a week ago next to an Oregon for comparison.

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Thank you again - very informative !
 
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
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