Black immature vs Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch 20111114

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    Through the binoculars, this bird looked to be a Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch. It showed very little pink on the breast and wings, and appeared brown all over. It is most likely a hatch year bird, as it has brown tips on its contour feathers. On examining the photo, it appears that the feather bases are actually quite black, probably indicating it is an immature female Black Rosy-Finch. The Images from Sandia Crest House, November 14, 2011. It was 22 degrees at 11:00 AM and it had snowed the previous night. There were flocks of between 8 and 14 Rosy-Finches visiting the deck feeder about every 15-20 minutes. The first Brown-capped RF of the season was spotted by Gene Romero, the manager of Crest House Gift Shop and Restaurant. All the others were Black Rosy-Finches, except for possibly one Gray-crowned. Visit

    1. pomarinejaeger 80 months ago | reply

      Indeed, this is an immature Black Rosy-Finch. Immature rosies have white fringes to the wing coverts and remiges; adults have pink fringes and considerably more pink on the belly.

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