5 1/2-6 3/4" (14-17 cm). Delicately marked, light-colored sparrow. Chestnut and white striped head with a dark, thin eye stripe. buff below with dark chest spot; chestnut, black, and white mottled above; dark tail with white corners. Immature has streaked breast and no chest spot.
Similar Species- Vesper Sparrow
Song is a combination of 4-5 different trills and burry notes.
Breeds from western Oregon, eastern Washington, southern British Columbia, southern Prairie Provinces, and portions of upper Midwest, south to portions of southwestern and southeastern U.S. Winters in southern U.S., south through Mexico, and casually south to El Salvador.
Feeds on seeds and insects (especially grasshoppers).
gregarious. Builds cup- shaped nest, usually in depression on ground, but may also nest in shrub or crevice in rock. Female may engage in distraction displays. Individuals forage on ground, often in small flocks, and are seen in flocks, especially during winter.
|Status:||Protected nongame species|
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