light chocolate head and neck w/ charcoal body and tail. the wings are ivory white, top and bottom from the body outwards. the colors are clear.....not mixed with other colors. no stripes or spots, etc. slightly smaller than a robin.

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    $\begingroup$ Species identification questions should include a picture. It is otherwise very difficult to identify based solely on your verbal description. $\endgroup$ – WYSIWYG Aug 19 '19 at 16:37
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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to Biology.SE! If you are unable to provide a picture it would help if you described anything else you observed. Some examples are: behavior, calls, shape of wings, shape of beak, shape of tail, feet (webbed?) and overall body shape. $\endgroup$ – tyersome Aug 19 '19 at 16:51

That's a very interesting set of colors. Unfortunately nothing springs out at me, although I can think of a couple of birds that might sort of (maybe) match. First, common pigeons come in all sorts of colors and patterns, and it's possible that yours is one. On the other hand, common pigeons tend to be very familiar to most of us, so I don't think you'd be asking about that. Second, there is a tern that is moving through the area about this time of year, that might fit: Black Terns can have a lighter wing. Here's a link and a representative photo: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Black_Tern/overview enter image description here

There is another, even better possibility, if your bird is ternish: The White-winged Tern (formerly White-winged Black Tern) is an uncommon late-summer wanderer through much of the region. Here is a link and a representative photo: https://avibirds.com/white-winged-tern/

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Could it be any of these? These are all iNaturalist observations around the Long Lake, MI.

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