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Chipping Sparrow

Spizella passerina 
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.

Name Origin:

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.