fat, greyish brown speckled bird?

The bird looks like a large songbird... slightly bigger than a robin. Its body is speckled, especially in the front, white chest and little dark marks, tons of them. White outlines on the wing feathers, but I think the head is a solid color, and more brown than the body. The tips of the wings were a more intense brown. We saw about eight all on top of a tree in our backyard outside of Toronto, and they all looked really fat? It was weird.

There were a few smaller birds with almost sparrow coloring, browns and whites in the same pattern. They had the same body shape, fatter than an actual sparrow, but they were a little smaller than the grey speckled ones, so I'm not sure if they were the same species.

Comments for fat, greyish brown speckled bird?

Click here to add your own comments

Oct 20, 2014
Flicker? NEW
by: karen

Hi my first thought was a Northern Flicker. http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_Flicker/id

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to What Is This Bird?.



Coming Soon

Recent Articles

  1. Majstic, large bird

    Mar 27, 17 02:02 PM

    I can't identify this bird. It was tall, and was perching in a tree over a swamp near the Kennedy Space Center parking lot. Very pronounced ruff of brown

    Read More

  2. Chris

    Mar 27, 17 02:00 PM

    We have old birdhouses in yard that are occupied and we want to replace them. When is it the best time to do so and will the birds have time to replace

    Read More

  3. Kansas City Metro MO

    Mar 27, 17 02:00 PM

    Black body, Red Breast and Belly. The tail is what struck me; it looked like a white braid had been painted down the center of the tail. He was quite

    Read More