Clay-colored Sparrow

(Spizella pallida)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

 

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NatureServe

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

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common migrant and breeder

Habitat

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

Size

5 to 6 in length

7½ wingspan


Identification

 

 
Voice

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

 
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Food

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

 
Nesting

 

 
Migration

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


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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.


Taxonomy

Order:

Passeriformes (perching birds)

 

Family:

Passerellidae (New World sparrows)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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  Clay-Colored Sparrow preening and singing
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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
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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
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Uploaded on Jul 6, 2009

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

 
     
  Clay-colored Sparrow singing
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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
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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)

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