[CT Birds] Sharpie vs Coop: grey tone distinction?

John Weeks aerie.john at cox.net
Sun Mar 23 14:34:06 EDT 2014


Arthur,

It looks like an adult male Cooper's to me.  The pale-gray nape is the giveaway mark.  Coops have dark caps, while on Sharpies the dark plumage of the crown continues back down the nape to give a more hooded look.  The new Sibley guide has a nice side-by-side comparison of the two species' heads on p. 129.

In any case, the bird looks bulkier than a Sharpie to my eye.

Hope this helps,
John Weeks



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