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  • flightman changed the title to Fox Sparrow
1 hour ago, IKLland said:

Fox Sparrow for sure. What subspecies though? Red?

Just a point of clarification. Remember, that "Red" is not considered a subspecies. A "Red" Fox Sparrow is a bird that represents the subspecies iliaca/zaboria. Some feel as though the two subspecies are inseparable in the field. Others feel as though the "Red" Fox Sparrow may be its own species. Fox Sparrow taxonomy is...complicated, to say the least.

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That's true and the taxonomy has changed over time. According to Birds of the World, in 1998, the American Ornithologists' Union "recognized the 4 groups at informal rank of subspecies group and suggested that, based on genetic evidence the 4 groups at informal rank of subspecies group and suggested that, based on genetic evidence and morphology (including plumage coloration), the 4 groups each may represent a biological species. Before these groups are recognized as separate species, additional study is needed in contact zones between groups, ..."

As you know, all four subspecies groups have common names; Red, Sooty, Thick-billed, and Slate-colored.

We had a similar situation here a few months ago when a Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), quite distinct from Myrtles which are very common here, was seen for a few weeks. Birders were disappointed that we could not count it as a lifer

 

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