Field Sparrow

(Spizella pusilla)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

Field Sparrow

NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Uncommon to occasionally common migrant and breeder

Habitat

Weedy fields and pastures, woodland edges and clearings, shrubby riparian areas

Size

5 to 6 in length

8 wingspan

Photo by Lynn Rubey
 
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Migration

Late March to October

 
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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)

 
Subordinate Taxa

Eastern Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla pusilla)

Western Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla arenacea)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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An adult Field Sparrow climbed up this small bush keeping it eye on me before coming out and perching on a small branch with purple wild flowers in the back ground.

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Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) singing at Rockefeller State Park, Sleepy Hollow, New York.

   
       
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Published on Jul 22, 2013

This sparrow is fairly common in southeastern Canada and United States east of Rockies. It's found in fields with tall grass or scattered saplings. It has a gray face with a rufus crown. Also there is a thin rufous line behind eye. Also it has a thin white eye-ring. with a bright pink bill. The underparts are clear with the breast and sides a buffy-red. The belly is grayish. It has pink legs. The tail is notched.

The song is a series of clear sweet slurring notes speeding into a trill - like a ping-pong ball dropping on a table.

   
       
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Singing field sparrow from Maine. © 2010 Garth McElroy www.featheredfotos.com

   
       
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A field sparrow singing on it's territory in a regenerating clearcut. © 2011 Garth McElroy.

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Field Sparrow singing on territory at Carpenter Nature Center

   
       

 

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Lynn Rubey
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Location: Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge

An adult Field Sparrow climbed up this small bush keeping it eye on me before coming out and perching on a small branch with purple wild flowers in the back ground.

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