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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Orange crowned brown bird with black stripes on white breast

Saw this guy in Chicago today. Any help w/ ID? Thx! I took it with my phone at lunch yesterday.  Assumed it was just a house sparrow but then noticed the unique coloring. Have never seen anything like it before. - @GoPackGoJJH via twitter

Thank you so much for sharing your photos! He is an Ovenbird, a large, thrushlike warbler that is approximately 6 inches long. The Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) is a migratory bird that breeds in eastern North America and winters in Central America, many Caribbean Islands, Florida, and northern Venezuela. They are olive-gray above and white below, with bold black spotting on the breast aligned into rows. On their head they have two blackish stripes bordering a central orange crown. Males and females have similar plumage.

They get their name from the nest they make. They weave vegetation they’ve gathered into a dome-shaped nest on the ground that looks like an old fashioned Dutch oven.
I hope this little guy can get his bearings after he entered the city. Migrating birds face a wide range of manmade threats. One of the most deadly is collisions with tall buildings, which cause millions of fatalities each spring and fall. Warblers migrate at night, using the stars to navigate and can become disoriented and weary when they fly through Chicago's brightly lit skyscrapers and towers.

Audubon and its Chapters are making Midwestern cities safer by enlisting building owners to make their nighttime skies bird-friendly by turning unnecessary lights off during migration. In Chicago alone, where the first Lights Out program originated, researchers estimate that the initiative saves the lives of more than 10,000 migratory land birds each year.

That's him! Was downtown Chicago literally just walking down Madison Street during lunch today. Odd, but very cool. Thanks!

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