Bird with red under the wings

by Celeste Lamosse
(New Haven, Iowa)

Saw a bird at a feeder in northern Iowa. Near woods, water and open fields. Bigger than a finch, smaller than a robin. Grayish brown, very sparrow type coloring, distinct white stripe going horizontal across the eye area, buff colored breast. Most striking thing were the brilliant red patches that showed on the body underneath the wings when the bird flapped or flew. Can't find a matching bird anywhere!

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Jul 15, 2018
Mysterious bird
by: Celetse

I think we may be the only 2 people in the country who've seen this mysterious bird. I have exhausted internet searches trying to find out what it is. Experienced birders haven't a clue. I am glad someone else has also seen it.

Jul 15, 2018
may have seen the same kind of bird
by: Anonymous

Mid-July, West Michigan, same kind of habitat. I would only add that the beak was also sparrow like and that it had a forked tail while at rest. I got glimpses of the red under the wing while the bird was preening and wasn't positive I was seeing it until the bird flew off and the red under the wing was brilliant and unmistakable.

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