Another identification problem

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Subject: Another identification problem
From: "Reid" <>
Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2004 11:22:52 +1000
I know that I ask what are probably the most stupid questions on this list,
but I must be the worst possible identifier of birds ever.

In our house (in the outer west of Sydney) the west-facing windows are
covered with solar film which, in the daytime, acts as a mirror from

Several weeks ago I was standing at the kitchen sink when a small-ish (about
17 cm long) bird landed on the outside window sill and spent some time
studying its reflection.  This afforded me very close-up (say, 30 cm
distant) views for about 2 minutes.

Its general shape and head configuration and its bill (dark, not overly
short, straight, thin) looked to me as if it was a lark-type bird.  But in
colour it was a soft brownish-grey all over, except that on its breast it
has seven individual black feathers, spaced irregularly across and down the
breast, without any seeming pattern.  I could clearly see that each black
'spot' on the breast was a single individual feather.

Any help here would be appreciated.



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