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2 hours ago, gpoole said:

Gotta be young with that fleshy gape.

It could be young, but a visible gape doesn't always mean it's a youngster.  In adult birds the gape flange is usually hidden by the feathers around its beak which this bird is missing.

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I believe it's an immature male molting into adult plumage. The breast has yellow/green feathers and an adult male should show just red. It's unlikely but it could be an intersex bird. I say unlikely because the feathers look like they are molting and I'm not familiar with intersex buntings.

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