Odd house sparrow

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Subject: Odd house sparrow
From: "Tony Russell" <>
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2010 09:45:45 +0930
Following my previous report in regard to the unusual female House Sparrow
which frequents my garden, and following discussion with one of the B-A list
members, I'd like to amend my report as follows. I reported the bird as
having a white wing bar, however , it actually has a white wing stripe on
both sides, apparently as a result of a pigmentation fault in one primary
feather on each wing. The stripe is about an inch long and is really very
white, not buffy or brown.  In other words there is a longitudinal stripe
along one feather as opposed to a sloped transverse bar across a number of
feathers. I hope this clears any misunderstanding of my first report.



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