[CT Birds] Dark Unknown Bird West Hartford yard

Scott Kruitbosch kbosch at gmail.com
Fri Jul 24 13:35:59 EDT 2015


Frank read my mind as I was about to post it, and photographs of that
Stratford bird are here:
http://rtpi.org/melanistic-house-sparrow-passer-domesticus/

Scott

On Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 1:00 PM, Frank Mantlik via CTBirds <
ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:

> This past December, on the Christmas Bird Count  Kruitbosch & I found a
> melanistic (mostly black) male House Sparrow at Mac's Harbor, Stratford. A
> cool bird, which Scott managed to photograph.
> Frank Mantlik
> Stratford
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Jul 24, 2015, at 12:07 PM, Brian Kleinman via CTBirds <
> ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
> >
> > Wow! That is really cool and a first for me. I¹ve seen albino HOUSE
> SPARROWS
> > before but never a MELANISTIC one.
> >
> > So you mystery bird is a MELANISTIC HOUSE SPARROW. Melanism is an over
> > abundance of the pigment melanin in an animals skin.  It is more common
> in
> > some species than others, Black Jaguars, Black Hognose Snakes, Black
> > Squirrel¹s, etc.
> >
> > Brian Kleinman
> > Riverside Reptiles
> > www.riversidereptiles.com
> > (860) 653-2535
> >
> >
> >
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Scott Kruitbosch
Stratford, CT



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