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Chirping Sparrow

Spizella passerina


This is a small sparrow with a medium sized beak and a long tail. In summer it has light colored underparts with a rusty brown crown and brown, black and white markings. It has a noticeable black streak through its' eye. It has pink-orange legs and feet. Ref:


Habitat includes: woodlands, forests, conifers, thickets, orchards, farms, and urban areas. This is a migrating bird. Chirping Sparrows can be found throughout North America, Mexico, and Central America.


These birds are in my yard year round. Diet: Chirping Sparrows mainly eat seeds, but can also eat insects and fruit. Nesting: Females build the nest while males guard her. Nest materials include grass, weeds, rootlets, animal hair, and plant matter. They produce 1-3 broods per year with 2-7 eggs in each clutch. Fun Facts: "During the breeding season, the female develops a bare patch on her abdomen that fills with fluid. This allows more efficient transfer of heat to the eggs." (Ref: The oldest Chirping Sparrow on record was just shy of 11 years old. Ref:

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Thank you!!

ForestDragon a year ago

Nice spotting. Chipping Sparrows are one of my favorites!

San Antonio, Texas, USA

Spotted on Apr 13, 2019
Submitted on May 18, 2019

Spotted for Mission

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