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I photographed this bird in my backyard in Birmingham AL in June of 2019.

I think the bill is cone shaped, it's body is perched-like and it's primary color is gray.  That got me to the sparrow family but I could not find a black/gray and white one that looks quite like this one.

I appreciate your help and any suggestions you have for being able to identify the bird.

I call myself a photographer, new to identifying the species.


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8 minutes ago, Kerri said:

Here is a link to a website All About Birds that is good for helping identify species https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Savannah_Sparrow/id

@Bob Berryhill, I think Kerri meant to put this link to the All About Birds website to identify the Carolina Chickadee: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Carolina_Chickadee/id

I also think that the All About Birds website is the best to identify birds across the U.S. and Canada. If you want additional information, you can go to https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/carolina-chickadee and various other free online websites.

An interesting fact about the Carolina Chickadee: It is one of the extremely few endemics to the continental U.S.! Happy birding...

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@Bob Berryhill, I can see why you tried to ID this as a sparrow.   However, sparrow's cone-shaped bills are much thicker at the base than this chickadees.  Also, sparrows are mostly brown more than gray.  Most sparrows have pink or light colored legs, although a few do have dark ones like this chickadee.

Few people notice the link on AAB to search by bird family.


Here are the sparrows, for comparison:



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