Clay-colored Sparrow

(Spizella pallida)

Conservation Status
Clay-colored Sparrow
Photo by Laurie Wachholz
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N4N5B, N4N - Apparently Secure to Secure Breeding, Apparently Secure Nonbreeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
 
Description
 
 

 

 
     
 

Size

 
 

5 to 6 in length

7½ wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
   
 

The male song is a series of 2 to 5, usually 2 or 3, insect-like buzzes.

 
     
 

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Habitat
 
 

Shrubby areas, thickets, woodland edges, prairie edges, and areas regenerating from fire

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

Mid April to mid-October. In the fall they fly south in small groups to south Texas and Mexico.

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

Forages for seeds, plant buds, and insects on the ground and on low vegetation.

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common migrant and breeder

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Passeriformes (perching birds)  
 

Family

Passerellidae (New World sparrows)  
 

Genus

Spizella (chipping sparrows)  
       
 

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.

 
       
 

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Laurie Wachholz

 
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Other Videos
 
  Clay-Colored Sparrow preening and singing
gschneiderphoto
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jul 1, 2009

A male clay-colored sparrow preens himself and sings. See more pictures at http://www.gschneiderphoto.com

   
  Clay-colored Sparrow Portrait
eBirdr Channel
 
   
 
About

Published on Jun 3, 2012

The Clay-colored Sparrow was once fairly common in north central United States and western and central Canada. Now due to intensive agricultural practices it is on the decline. It is found in brushy open areas, prairies, streamside thickets.

It has brown streaked upperparts with clear whitish underparts. The head shows a central pale crown stripe and a broad light eyebrow stripe. Also note the brown cheek patch and gray collar and brown rump. Similar winter Chipping Sparrow has a contrasting gray rump. Brewer's Sparrow has no central crown stripe.

The distinctive song is unbird-llike with identical slow low-pitched buzzes.

   
  Clay-colored Sparrow (Emberizidae: Spizella pallida) Female Preening
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
About

Uploaded on Jul 6, 2009

Photographed at East Grand Forks, Minnesota (05 July 2009)

   
  Clay-colored Sparrow singing
Stoil Ivanov
 
   
 
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Published on Jun 1, 2013

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) video taken on 5-30-2013 in Lakewood Forest Preserve Wauconda Illinois

   
  Clay-colored sparrows
tavovalero
 
   
 
About

Published on Jun 18, 2015

Recorded at The South Padre Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary on 2015-04-20

Spizella pallida,

Gorrión Pálido, chimbito pálido, gorrión indefinido rayado, gorrión pálido y arrocero pálido (Spanish)

If you want to watch similar bird and other wildlife videos go to my YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/tavovalero/videos

   
       

 

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