Chipping Sparrow

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Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)

Chipping Sparrow

This slim bird is only about 5 inches long.  You can spot it by a chestnut brown crown, black line through the eye, and black bill.  Chippies nest throughout the United States; they even breed as far south as Nicaragua and as far north as southern Canada, and winter in the southern United States and Mexico.

Chipping sparrows are domestic birds that show little fear of humans.   They often build nests in gardens, cemeteries or golf courses, where mowed lawns provide feeding areas.  Among the most insectivorous of all sparrows, their diet consists mainly of insects, supplemented by weed seeds.

Adjectives are dangerous in describing wildlife, but chippies are just plain lovable.

 


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