Making sense of the Fox Sparrow complex (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)
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Slate-colored FOSP have gray to grayish brown heads; gray to grayish brown back washed with brown; wings, rump and tail vary from rust to brownish rust (some can be quite reddish); white throat; brown to reddish brown markings on breast; central spot on breast much smaller than in Sooty FOSP.
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The wings and tail on this Slate-colored Fox Sparrow are brownish with little rust color.
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Slate-colored Fox Sparrow #3
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Slate-colored FOSP always has a smaller central breast spot than Sooty FOSP.
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The central spot on this Slate-colored FOSP is minimal.
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Slate-colored Fox Sparrow range map
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Sooty FOSPs are the darkest and most heavily-marked of the FOSP groups.
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Many Sooty FOSPs are brownish with little gray or rust.
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This is a very dark, almost chocolate brown, Sooty FOSP and is unmistakable. Large, dark central spot on breast.
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This Sooty FOSP has a lot of gray on the head and is possibly an annectens Sooty FOSP.
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Sooty FOSPs usually have a brownish wash on the area of the side above the legs (where the arrow is pointing), which is not usually seen in Slate-colored FOSPs. This may not be a totally reliable field mark, though it is a good indicator. Compare this photo to Slate-colored FOSP Photo #2 and #3.
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The annectens subspecies of Sooty FOSP is the palest and reddish of the Sooty FOSPs, making it very similar to Slate-colored FOSPs. It has more brown on the crown, though, and a larger breast patch.
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Sooty Fox Sparrow #7
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Sooty Fox Sparrow range map - the southern-most breeding Sooty SOSPs are the darkest; the subspecies that nest in the Aleutian Islands are the palest. The most common wintering FOSP in Eastern Washington.
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Thick-billed FOSP has similar plumage on the upper parts as Slate-colored FOSP - grayish head, brown back, reddish on wings and tail. They differ from the other FOSPs by having a larger, all grayish bill.
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Thick-billed FOSP has the least-marked breast of all FOSPs. The markings on the belly are quite small and sparse.
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The field marks Thick-billed FOSP shares with Slate-colored FOSP show well in this photo.
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Thick-billed Fox Sparrows are the only FOSPs with all-gray bills. The upper and lower mandibles are about equal depth at the base. All other FOSPs have bi-colored bills with the upper mandible being much deeper than the lower.
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The thick (wide) bill and lightly-marked breast show well on this Thick-billed FOSP.
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Thick-billed FOSP range map showing range in California. Thick-billed FOSPs have long been know to nest in Oregon north to the Mt. Hood area. On May 28, 2006, June 30, 2007 and July 5, 2010, I photographed Thick-billed FOSPs at the White Pass Campground near the summit of White Pass, Yakima County, WA.
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Red FOSP has gray head washed with reddish on crown and cheeks; gray back with reddish streaks; reddish wings, rump and tail; reddish markings on breast and belly.
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Red Fox Sparrow #2
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Red Fox Sparrow #3
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Red Fox Sparrow range map
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