Identifying a bird can be sometimes quite complicated if the description is incomplete or a picture is not clear because many birds look similar. Additionally, males and females can have different plumages and breeding plumage can be quite different than non-breeding plumage.
common birds in Sacramento are shown below. Additional photos of these
birds as well as all the birds in the official Sacramento Area List are shown in the
You can also use whatbird.com or this link or any of the Birding Links on the links page for help in identifying birds. But be aware that there are many mis-identified photos on the internet that show up if you search on a species name.