[CT Birds] Dark Unknown Bird West Hartford yard
mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Fri Jul 24 13:00:13 EDT 2015
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.
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> 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
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