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Photo by richard bledsoe
Village Creek State Park, Arkansas, October 2005
Spizella pusilla


Upperparts are brown with pale feather fringes and white wing bars. Breast and flanks are pale brown and belly is white. Tail is forked. The head shows rusty crown and eyeline separated by a grey supercilium. There is a white eye ring and the bill is pink.

Similar species

Summer plumage Chipping Sparrow differs in black eyeline, white supercilium and grey flanks.


These birds are permanent residents in the southern parts of their range. Northern birds migrate to the southern United States and Mexico.


Western Great Plains Race S. p. arenacea
Photo © by Joseph Morlan
Concan, Texas, USA, 15 April 2021


This is a polytypic species, consisting of two subspecies[1]:

  • S. p. pusilla: (A. Wilson, 1810)
  • South-eastern Canada to south-eastern US; winters to Gulf Coast and southern Florida
  • S. p. arenacea: (Chadbourne, 1886)
  • Great Plains of central US; > to Gulf Coast and north-eastern Mexico


Their breeding habitat is shrubby fields across eastern North America.



These birds forage on the ground or in low vegetation, mainly eating insects and seeds. They may feed in small flocks outside of the nesting season.


The nest is an open cup on the ground under a clump of grass or in a small thicket.


Song: an accelerating series of soft, sweet whistles that start with long duration tones and increase in rate to a trill.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. BF Member observations
  3. Wikipedia

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