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The indistinctness of the white tail spots indicates that it is a young of the year and, if that is correct, then a male; compare to the more-distinct tail spots on the right bird (which should identify it as an older bird). Immature males will not obtain any bright yellow plumage until the prealternate molt in spring. The blackness of the wing of the left bird also suggests that it's a male. At least, that's what Pyle 1997 says.

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