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I saw this bird in my garden today. Middle Limburg, Netherlands. Size about 9 - 11 inches, short harsh cry, appears to have a split tail, reddish/brown spot on back of head, black mask. Couldn't tell if wings are black or brown. There are some small ponds and woods close by. (this is a cropped photo) I've already searched woodpeckers and fishers because of the body shape and markings but didn't find a match. Any ideas please? Thanks
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Stocky body, whitish breast, dark wings & tail. Perching. Beak looks about 1.5 - 2 inches long and medium thickness. Straight.
Check out Albino Sparrow. I have seen similiar
Please read the description of this bird again. You'll notice the size is big compared to a sparrow. More like a small hawk or large pigeon. I estimated approx. 9 - 11 inches head to tip of tail. I saw it from about 75 feet away and it was perched on a branch about 1.5 - 2 inches diameter.
The beak is not that of a sparrow. More like an insect eater or for small fish. That's why I was thinking it could have been a woodpecker or a fisher type. Also, your albino sparrow does not have a red patch on the back of the head or the black cap and mask.
Thanks for responding. Anyone else with a good possibility of what this bird is?
You mentioned you had searched woodpeckers, did you look at the Green Woodpecker, its not as big as the bird you describe but has the mask, red on the back of the head and similar beak.
Just a thought.....
I did see the Green woodpecker but had dismissed it because of some variances in head shape and coloration. But, I've been studying the photo I took. It is possible that this is that woodpecker, maybe a juvie? I don't see a red cheek stripe. Although, what I thought might have been a black cap may just be red also. A bit fluffed up would affect the head shape as well. Unfortunately the lighting wasn't good at the time of the pic. Overcast. That made the photo very dark and washed out for color. Didn't have time to raise the flash before it flew off.
10 inches is 25.4 cm and it says that the green woodpecker is 30 - 36 cm which would put it closer to 12 inches. I tried to guess size from distance and branch size. Thanks for your help. I was having a hard time trying to identify this bird using the sites I could find.
I found a pic of a female green woodpecker. Matches very closely. It doesn't have the red check stripe.
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