Sorting Sparrows: American Tree Sparrow

Photo of American Tree Sparrow

American Tree Sparrows spend the sunnier half of the year in northern Canada and Alaska, where they mate, nest, and raise their young. In fall, they migrate to many of the lower 48 states, where they can be found in small flocks feeding primarily on the seeds of grasses and weedy plants. Field marks for these medium-sized sparrows include a bi-colored bill (dark upper, yellow lower), rusty eye-line and cap, white wing bars, and a dark spot on an otherwise light-colored breast. Listen for their soft calls, which sound like this:

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