[CT Birds] Dark Unknown Bird West Hartford yard

Brian Kleinman snaketat at cox.net
Fri Jul 24 12:07:44 EDT 2015

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
(860) 653-2535

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