American Tree Sparrow

(Spizelloides arborea)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

 

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NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRN - Unranked Nonbreeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common to abundant migrant and winter visitor

Habitat

Brushy thickets, semi-open fields, roadside shrubs

Size

6 to 6½ in length

9½ wingspan


Identification

The crown and the stripe behind the eye (postocular stripe) are both reddish-brown (rufous). The breast is pale gray and unmarked except for a dark spot in the center.

 
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Food

In summer, mostly insects but also berries. In winter, seeds.

 
Nesting

 

 
Migration

Early March to late May and mid-September to late November


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Taxonomy
New World sparrows were traditionally combined with buntings into the family Emberizidae. Recent phylogenetic analysis (Barker et al. 2013) and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis (Klicka et al. 2014) found that the Old World buntings should be separated as a sister to New World sparrows. New World sparrows have been separated into a new family, Passerellidae.

This species was formerly classified as Spizella arborea. Several mitochondrial DNA studies between 1993 and 2014 supported separating this species into its own genus. In 2014, based on mtDNA data and morphological characters, it was finally reclassified as Spizelloides arborea. Some authorities use the name Passerella arborea.


Taxonomy

Order:

Passeriformes (perching birds)

 

Family:

Passerellidae (New World sparrows)

 
Subordinate Taxa

Eastern Tree Sparrow (Spizelloides arborea arborea)

Western Tree Sparrow (Spizelloides arborea ochracea)

 
Synonyms

Passerella arborea


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea, Tundrasparv) in Trinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 17 March 2011. Canon PowerShot SX30 IS.

 
     
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