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Brown & White Bird w/ Reddish spot

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22 minutes ago, rayh said:

Its in Chicago.  I'm surprised the male is mostly black while the female looks like an overgrown  sparrow.  They seem like they are different species.

It's common for males and females of some species to be dissimilar in color.  You may already be familiar with bright red male Northern Cardinals as compared to the olive and rust females.  Most North American ducks have different appearance for males and females.

That's why The Bird Nuts' stressed looking at the body proportions.  With rare exceptions, those will be better guides to related males and females than color alone.

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