Sparrow family (Emberizidae)
Small sparrow, 5” long. Bright rufous crown, whitish eyebrow, black eye stripe, black bill, unstreaked gray breast, gray rump, dully white belly.
Forest edges, open woodlands.
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.
Spizella, Greek and Latin, spiza for “finch”; passerina: passer, Latin for “sparrow”; -ina, Latin suffix for “like”.
In the Nature Park:
Short-distance migrant, arriving at the Nature Park during mid-April. Common around the buildings at the Nature Park where there is a mix of trees and open areas.