Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2019-08

Common name:

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch

Scientific name: [Leucosticte australis]
Date: 3/31/19
Time: 9:30 AM
Length of time observed: 20 min
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: Unknown
Location: Alta Town Feeders
County: Salt Lake
Distance to bird: 100 ft
Optical equipment: 10x50 binoculars
Weather: Sunny, no wind
Light Conditions: Excellent, birds facing sun
Description:        Size of bird:  
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Rosy-Finch sized
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Mostly brown, slight pink on the belly with a bit of a grey wash as well. Bill yellow with blackish tip, crown slightly grey.
(Description:)            Bill Type: Small and conical
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Was in a spruce with Grey-crowned and Black Rosy-Finches for comparison. Crown was a faded grey, beak was yellow with a faded black tip, belly was a bit grayish with pink wash near the flanks.
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: Mixed in with other finches wsiting to get to the feeders
Habitat: Montane coniferous forest
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Was next to both rosy-finch species for good comparison. More brown than Black Rosy-Finches and slightly faded compared to the Grey-crowned Rosy-Finches with a lot less grey on the crown.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Seen rosy-finches for the past 3 years during winter except for Brown-capped (until now).
References consulted: Audubon app, field guide
Description from: From memory
Observer: Ian Batterman
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Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 4/5/19
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