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12â€“14 cm (5.5 ins)
In juvenile plumage it has finely streaked underparts, and usually lacks the chestnut crown of an adult.
Five subspecies are recognized:
Some authorities additionally recognize boreophilae.
Woodlands, farmlands, urban districts and suburbs.
The diet includes seeds, insects and small fruits.
It weaves a cup nest from grass and roots. The clutch consists of 2-7 pale blue eggs with dark blotches which are incubated for 10-15 days.
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Recording by eiguoc, Scarborough, Ontario
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