Field Sparrow

Adults have brown upperparts, a light brown breast, a white belly, wing bars and a forked tail. They have a grey face, a rusty crown, a white eye ring and a pink bill.

The Field Sparrow is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Field Sparrow is a common songbird of eastern North America, breeding in brushy pastures and second growth scrub, but avoiding similar habitat in developed areas, e.g. suburbs. Its breeding range covers much of the eastern United States and southern Canada. Winter range is slightly south of the breeding range and greatly overlaps it. Winter habitat appears similar to breeding but is not well studied. More

Field Sparrow Identification For me sparrow identification is right up there with gull identification as far as difficulty goes. I think that part of the problem is that sparrows are not very large, which makes it more difficult to see their tiny field marks. The fact that they almost never seem to stand still also does not help. Fortunately, if you are able to catch a pic or two it makes it much easier to ID them. More

The Field Sparrow, Spizella pusilla, is a small sparrow. Adults have brown upperparts, a light brown breast, a white belly, wing bars and a forked tail. They have a grey face, a rusty crown, a white eye ring and a pink bill. Their breeding habitat is shrubby fields across eastern North America. The nest is an open cup on the ground under a clump of grass or in a small thicket. More

The Field Sparrow is native to Mexico, the United States and Canada. This bird species has been seen on occasion in Miquelon and Saint Pierre as well. The range of the Field Sparrow is about 4 million square kilometers. The population of this bird species is about 8 million individual birds. In 2000, the Field Sparrow was classified as Lower Risk. Today that rating has been changed to Least Concern as a result of its large population and the span of its native range. More

Field Sparrows are common summer residents in Southern New Jersey. I have also seen Field Sparrows at the Brigantine Wildlife refuge in the winter months. The majority of the Field Sparrow photographs I took come from Higbee Beach in Cape may Point NJ. Field Sparrows are very active and you can get close to them fairly easily. A number of my Field Sparrow photographs have been published. The scientific name for the Field Sparrow is Spizella pusilla. More

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The Field Sparrow is a common, drab sparrow of brushy pastures and old fields. It has a simple, yet distinctive song of repeated clear whistled notes on one pitch that increase in rate until they make a trill. More

* Field Sparrow Species Account - Cornell Lab of Ornithology * Field Sparrow Information and Photos - South Dakota Birds and Birding * Field Sparrow - Spizella pusilla - USGS Patuxent Bird Identification InfoCenter Stub icon This article about a bird of the family Emberizidae is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. More

Feeding: During the winter, Field Sparrows forage in small flocks for small grass seeds. During the breeding season, adult and larval insects are added to the diet, and Field Sparrows forage alone or with their mates. If a large patch of high-quality food is discovered, larger flocks will form to take advantage of it. Reproduction: Nests are an open-cup structure lined with grasses and hair. Pairs often need to nest several times in a breeding season due to heavy predation. More

such as Field Sparrows and Indigo Buntings move in and nest. Although shyer than its close relative the Chipping Sparrow-and thus more difficult to observe-the Field Sparrow may be studied at leisure when it sings its sweet plaintive song from a conspicuous perch atop a bush or fence post. During fall migration it may be seen among mixed flocks of sparrows. More

Below: A Field Sparrow on Assateague Island, Maryland (11/3/2008). Below: A Field Sparrow in Harford Co., Maryland (10/20/2008). Below: Photographed at Schooley Mill Park, Howard Co., Maryland (11/4/2005). Previous | Next Go to Top Birding Top 500 Counter All photos 2002-2010 More

When a young male Field Sparrow settles into his first territory, he sings more than one song. Within two years he More

Bent Life History for the Field Sparrow - the common name and sub-species reflect the nomenclature in use at the time the description was written. EASTERN FIELD SPARROW SPIZELLA PUSILLA PUSILLA (Wilson) Contributed by LAWRENCE H. WALKINSHAW HABITS Though it is a fairly common bird in old fields and brushy fence rows in much of temperate North America, the field sparrow is not so well known as some of its relatives. More

Home Guide to Birds of North America Field Sparrow Description Description - BREEDING MALE - The Field Sparrow has a gray head with much rufous in the crown, a white eye ring, a pink bill, brown wings with two white wing bars, and plain, buffy-gray underparts. Field Sparrow Female - Sexes similar. More

Field Sparrow is a bit of misnomer for this smallest of the sparrows, as it prefers thick growth and brushy, overgrown pastures to open fields. It can be difficult to spot until it perches on a fencepost or bush, and sings its plaintive song. SPECIES DESCRIPTION - Length: 12.7 – 14. More

The field sparrow is a common songbird. However, long-term data indicate the population has declined 3.5 percent per year in Ohio since 1966. It has declined in western Ohio because of clean farming practices and in eastern Ohio because of maturing forests. More

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Field Sparrow Habitat Model go to: USFWS Gulf of Maine Watershed Habitat Analysis go to: Species Table Feedback: We welcome your suggestions on improving this model! Draft Date: May 2001 Species: Field sparrow, Spizella pusilla Use of Study Area Resources: Reproduction and wintering; occurs throughout most of the eastern half of North America (Carey et al. 1994). More

Breeding distribution of the Field Sparrow in the United States and southern Canada, based on Breeding Bird Survey data, 1985-1991. Scale represents average number of individuals detected per route per year. Map from Price, J., S. Droege, and A. Price. 1995. The summer atlas of North American birds. Academic Press, London, England. 364 pages. More

Field Sparrow has grey face with reddish crown and thin white eye-ring. Bill is bright pink. Its back is streaked, except on grey-brown rump. Breast and sides are buffy red. Belly is greyish-white. It has a long brown tail, forked and edged with pale grey. We can see white wing bars on the brown wings. Field Sparrow has a rusty brown streak behind eye and on ear feathers. Eyes are black. Legs are pink. More

Simply because both birds have chestnut crowns, the field sparrow is often mistaken for the dapper, sociable chippy; and, no doubt because it loves such heathery, grassy pastures as are dear to the vesper sparrow, and has bay wings and a sweet song, these two cousins also are often confused. More

A pair of Field Sparrows generally has two broods in brushy places throughout the East and Midwest. Concealed by grasses and low weeds, the first nest is usually built very low or on the ground. Taking advantage of early summer growth, the second nest is placed higher, averaging about a yard off of the ground. Although hatchling Field Sparrows are fed insects by their parents, adult diets consist of grass and weed seeds. They mostly forage on the ground or in low vegetation. More

(This is the REAL story of the discovery of the Field Sparrow Lindon Marina) When I arrived at the gate of the Lindon Marina that Saturday, January 9, I had already seen a lot of what I considered to be noteworthy birds for the new year list. I had seen the White Pelican at Utah Lake, the rails at Powell Slough and most of the waterfowl on the Geneva cooling ponds. More

Confirmed Brown-headed Cowbird records where Field Sparrow was indicated as host species. MinDate: 06/21 MaxDate: 07/15 for this species. More

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Original source: Greg Miller
Author: Greg Miller
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Order : Passeriformes
Family : Emberizidae
Genus : Spizella
Species : pusilla
Authority : (Wilson, 1810)