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My Nat Geo guide says that some juvenile Downies can have barring on their
back, in addition to the expected barring on the outer tail feathers. Any
chance the bird without black markings is a Hairy? Its hard to tell from
the photo.

On Friday, December 2, 2016, D. Pierce <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Mobirders: Lately while watching birds coming to my suet feeder, I've
> noticed a different color pattern on the backs of two separate female
> Downys.
> One has a plain white middle of the back and also plain white outer tail
> feathers
> The other one has the middle of the back marked along with black on the
> outer tail feathers.
> Here are photos of the two birds in question:
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/dpwagtail/30558493574/in/dateposted-public/
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/dpwagtail/31010863920/in/dateposted-public/
>
> Can anyone explain why the difference in markings on the same species?
> The reference books all show female Downys with a plain white center on
> the back and also black markings on the outer tail feathers.
> Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks in advance,
> Dave Pierce
> Wildwood, MO.
>
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