What is this cute bird in Lincolnton, NC?

It looks very much like a robin, except it has a white breast with orange around it. It has a black head with a small topknot. He likes to come to our bird feeder in the back yard. He lets me look a him for a minute or two, before he flies away. Please help me find out a name for him.

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Jan 13, 2013
Whoaa! Way to Spot It!! NEW
by: Richard/Gallup, NM

You will want to look this bird up on a computer to verify your identification; but the fact that it comes readily to your feeder, and fits the description of this bird perfectly, I believe, with little doubt, that what you have is a Brambling [Fringilla montifringilla]. In Europe these birds usually travel in small flocks, but here in the United States, and they usually occur in the eastern U.S., they usually appear as solitary individuals. A seed-eater having a black head with a small toppee and orange chest is a dead-ringer for this species.

Jul 06, 2012
Cute bird in Lincolnton towhee?
by: Anonymous

Could it be a rufous-sided towhee? Description seems close. See them in Virginia also.

Jul 04, 2012
RE:What is this cute bird in Lincolnton, NC?
by: Anonymous

I think we saw the type same bird. I live in Jacksonville,NC and I saw it last week. Got a not so good picture I will post and let me know if it is the same as you saw please?

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