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Field Sparrow

Spizella pusilla 
Sparrow family (Emberizidae)

A small sparrow. Dark red crown, light gray unstreaked breast, bright pink bill. Face is grayish with dark red markings.

Open meadows

Cup-like nest of grasses placed on or near the ground in dense clumps of grass. Eggs are pale blue with dark markings. Clutch size – 4 eggs.


Song is a series of downslurred whistles that gradually increase in speed, like a bouncing ball.

Name Origin:

The genus name Spizella is from the Greek and Latin spiza for “finch.”  The species name  pusilla is from the Latin for "smallest."

In the Nature Park:
Year-round resident.