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American Tree Sparrow

Spizella arborea


I did LOTS of research to find out what this is, and after looking at the real bird, my not-so-great-quality pictures, and multiple field guides, I have concluded that it is an American Tree Sparrow.


Pine trees, maple trees, birdfeeders


James McNair
James McNair 6 years ago

alphashadowdragon. First of all welcome to PN!. If you stay as a member you will get to see many wonderful images of life from all over the world. You will also get to see that many creatures have others that look similar. There are a number of PN members who have an expertise in certain types of life forms and they can be very helpful in IDing your images. Ashley is one of the top people on this site for amphibians, reptiles and birds. I hope you continue to post many more pictures and get an education as to the life on this planet that I have over the past year, from all the other PN members and especially the rangers and other experts. Have fun!

AshleyT 6 years ago

Tree sparrows have a solid red cap on top of the head, your bird does not have this. Tree sparrows have a bi-colored bill with the top being dark and bottom being light, in the second photo it looks like the top of the bill is light colored, though the quality of the photo makes it hard to tell. There is yellow near the eye, tree sparrows do not have this.

I am not seeing whatever it is you see that DEFINITELY makes this a tree sparrow, but it is your spotting and you can call it what you want. Every character I can see on this bird points to it being a white-throated sparrow: presence of a white throat, dark cap on head with a light stripe through it, faint spot on the chest, yellow by the eye, solid light colored bill.

alphashadowdragon 6 years ago

and i checked my guide... it is DEFINITELY an American Tree Sparrow

alphashadowdragon 6 years ago

because the face seems tree sparrow-ish

AshleyT 6 years ago

Why do you think it is a tree sparrow? I see no characters on this bird that would lead me to believe it is a tree sparrow

alphashadowdragon 6 years ago

I think it is an American Tree Sparrow

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Greenfield, Massachusetts, USA

Spotted on Feb 2, 2015
Submitted on Feb 2, 2015

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