Field Sparrow

(Spizella pusilla)

Conservation Status
Field Sparrow
Photo by Lynn Rubey
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
 
Description
 
 

 

 
     
 

Size

 
 

5 to 6 in length

8 wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
   
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Weedy fields and pastures, woodland edges and clearings, shrubby riparian areas

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

Late March to October

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Uncommon to occasionally 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.

 
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

Eastern Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla pusilla)

Western Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla arenacea)

 
       
 

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An adult Field Sparrow climbed up this small bush keeping it eye on me before coming out and perching on a small branch with purple wild flowers in the back ground.

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  Field Sparrow Rockefeller State Park Preserve
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Uploaded on Mar 22, 2010

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) singing at Rockefeller State Park, Sleepy Hollow, New York.

   
       
  Field Sparrow Portrait
Larry Bond
 
   
 
About

Published on Jul 22, 2013

This sparrow is fairly common in southeastern Canada and United States east of Rockies. It's found in fields with tall grass or scattered saplings. It has a gray face with a rufus crown. Also there is a thin rufous line behind eye. Also it has a thin white eye-ring. with a bright pink bill. The underparts are clear with the breast and sides a buffy-red. The belly is grayish. It has pink legs. The tail is notched.

The song is a series of clear sweet slurring notes speeding into a trill - like a ping-pong ball dropping on a table.

   
       
  Field Sparrow
The Music of Nature
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jul 11, 2010

Singing field sparrow from Maine. © 2010 Garth McElroy www.featheredfotos.com

   
       
  Field Sparrow in Maine
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Uploaded on Feb 16, 2012

A field sparrow singing on it's territory in a regenerating clearcut. © 2011 Garth McElroy.

License at http://www.paya.com/videos/135222

   
       
  Field Sparrow Singing
Birdchick
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jun 21, 2008

Field Sparrow singing on territory at Carpenter Nature Center

   
       

 

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Lynn Rubey
6/9/2020

Location: Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge

An adult Field Sparrow climbed up this small bush keeping it eye on me before coming out and perching on a small branch with purple wild flowers in the back ground.

Field Sparrow


         
         
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