American Tree Sparrow

(Spizelloides arborea)

Conservation Status
American Tree Sparrow
Photo by Laurie Wachholz
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRN - Unranked Nonbreeding

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
 
Description
 
 

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 single dark spot in the center.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

6 to 6½ in length

9½ wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
   
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Brushy thickets, semi-open fields, roadside shrubs

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

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

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

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

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common to abundant migrant and winter visitor

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Passeriformes (perching birds)  
 

Family

Passerellidae (New World sparrows)  
 

Genus

Spizelloides  
       
 

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.

 
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

Eastern Tree Sparrow (Spizelloides arborea arborea)

Western Tree Sparrow (Spizelloides arborea ochracea)

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Fringilla arborea

Passerella arborea

Spizella arborea

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Lynn Rubey

 
  An American Tree Sparrow in the early morning among some branches below the outcropping in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge. This one escaped being a meal for Bald Eagles this morning.   American Tree Sparrow  
           
  American Tree Sparrow In The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge, along a walking trail off the Auto Tour Road the path ends up by Odessa.   American Tree Sparrow  
           
  An American Tree Sparrow near the Minnesota River along the Auto Tour Wild Life Drive road.   American Tree Sparrow  
 

Laurie Wachholz

 
    American Tree Sparrow      
           
 
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American Tree Sparrow
Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren
  American Tree Sparrow  
American Tree Sparrow
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  American Tree Sparrow  
American Tree Sparrow
Joshua Mayer
  American Tree Sparrow  
 
About

Spizella arborea

 
     

 

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Other Videos
 
  American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea)
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Published on Apr 28, 2013

Photographed at Kellys Slough NWR, North Dakota (28 April 2013).

   
  American Tree Sparrow (Trinity Bellwoods Park)
swiftbirder
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Mar 18, 2011

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

   
  American Tree Sparrows in winter
WIld Bird Video Productions
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Feb 25, 2011

American Tree Sparrows in Winter.

   
  American Tree Sparrow singing.
Owen Strickland
 
   
 
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Published on Mar 19, 2014

Ashbridges Bay, Toronto, ON, Canada.

   
  American tree Sparrow
Aflightoffeathers
 
   
 
About

Published on Apr 2, 2012

No description available.

   
       

 

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  Lynn Rubey
10/28/2019

Location: Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge

An American Tree Sparrow in the early morning among some branches below the outcropping in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge. This one escaped being a meal for Bald Eagles this morning.

American Tree Sparrow  
  Lynn Rubey
10/29/2018

Location: Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge

An American Tree Sparrow near the Minnesota River along the Auto Tour Wild Life Drive road.

American Tree Sparrow  
           
 
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