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Immature White-throated or Chipping Sparrow - poor photo

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Photo taken today south of Houston. With the thin black streaking and rusty cap I was thinking Immature Chipping sparrow but the black and white striped throat had me thinking immature White-throated sparrow ?

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This is a Lincoln's Sparrow, due to the buffy wash on the breast, gray face, and crisp, thin streaks on the undersides.

  • Chipping Sparrows have diagnostic black lores that Lincoln's Sparrow don't have.
  • White-throated Sparrows have darker crown stripes and wouldn't have that much streaking on the undersides.
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