Chipping Sparrow

(Spizella passerina)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

Chipping Sparrow

NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common to locally abundant migrant and breeder

Habitat

Open conifers, woodland edges, yards, gardens.

Photo by Ramona Abrego
Size

5 to 6 in length

8½ wingspan

 
 
Identification

The crown is rust-colored but the eyeline is black

 
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Migration

Late March to early November

 
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Taxonomy
New World sparrows were traditionally combined with buntings into the family Emberizidae. Recent phylogenetic analysis (Barker et al. 2013) and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis (Klicka et al. 2014) found that the Old World buntings should be separated as a sister to New World sparrows. New World sparrows have been separated into a new family, Passerellidae.

 
Taxonomy

Order:

Passeriformes (perching birds)

 

Family:

Passerellidae (New World sparrows)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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  Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)
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Published on Jun 20, 2012

Spizella Passerina 5 1/4 inches Ashland, NH June 19, 2012

   
       
  Chipping Sparrow (Emberizidae: Spizella passerina) Adult
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jul 1, 2009

Photographed at Grand Forks, North Dakota (01 July 2009).

   
       
  Parasitic cowbird with chipping sparrow "mother"
Gordon Harris
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Nov 10, 2010

This cowbird fledgling can fly to trees from our yard, but when its host mother, a chipping sparrow is around, it still wants to be fed. The sparrow dutifully feeds the little begger, even though the cowbird is easily twice its size. We saw this show for only one day.

   
       
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Uploaded on Apr 24, 2010

I gathered this charming video of a Chipping Sparrow giving trilled songs at Land Between the Lakes, Kentucky. The singer is perched on a steel cable fence next to a parking lot. Another Chipping Sparrow is singing in the background, along with a Yellow-throated Vireo and a Northern Parula.

The Chipping Sparrow is a handsome bird, sporting varied earthy tones and a chestnut-colored cap.

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  Chipping Sparrow Singing
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Published on Apr 22, 2012

Chipping sparrows are one of the first sparrow species to return to nest in the spring. My yard is no exception and we have a least two pairs each year. Not the most glamorous species but a familiar one to many. © 2012 Garth McElroy. www.wildbirdvideos.com

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Ramona Abrego

Location: Washington County

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9/28/2019

Location: Woodbury, Minnesota

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Lynn Rubey
10/29/2018

Location: Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge

A Chipping Sparrow flittering from branch to branch in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge.

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