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I am surprised by the common, yet more heard than seen stance of these little guys. I have one little tubby guy that comes to my yard, and gorges himself daily. He is like a little fluffy egg, with a teeny tiny head. I find their location ‘peep’ awesome. So low key and barely there. so unlike their sewing machine like chirp. Very cute. Not too overly present in the BZ. A welcome addition to my backyard feeders.

  • Size & Shape

    The Chipping Sparrow is a slender, fairly long-tailed sparrow with a medium-sized bill that is a bit small for a sparrow. Learning the shape of this classic Spizella sparrow is a key step in mastering sparrow identification.

  • Color Pattern

    Summer Chipping Sparrows look clean and crisp, with frosty underparts, pale face, black line through the eye, topped off with a bright rusty crown. In winter, Chipping Sparrows are subdued, buff brown, with darkly streaked upperparts. The black line through the eye is still visible, and the cap is a warm but more subdued reddish brown.

  • Behavior

    Chipping Sparrows feed on the ground, take cover in shrubs, and sing from the tops of small trees (often evergreens). You’ll often see loose groups of them flitting up from open ground. When singing, they cling to high outer limbs. On the ground they hop or run through grasses searching for seeds.

  • Habitat

    Look for Chipping Sparrows in open woodlands and forests with grassy clearings across North America. You’ll also see them in parks, along roadsides, and in your backyard, particularly if you have feeders and trees.

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