Sparrow family (Emberizidae)
A small sparrow. Bright rufous crown, whitish eyebrow, black eye stripe, black bill, grayish unstreaked breast.
Cup-like nest of grasses placed on branch of tree, usually 3 to 10 feet above the ground. Eggs are pale blue with dark spots. Clutch size – 3 to 4 eggs.
Song is a continuous rapid series of dry chip notes with all notes on one pitch.
The genus name Spizella is from the Greek and Latin for “finch.” The species name passerina is from the Latin for "like a sparrow."
In the Nature Park:
Short-distance migrant, arrives at the Nature Park during mid-April.