Chipping Sparrow

Fast Facts:

  • Common Name:
    Chipping Sparrow
  • Scientific Name:
    Spizella passerina
  • Diet: Omnivore
  • Size: 4-6 inches long
  • Weight: .4-.6 ounces


Chipping sparrows feature buff brown coloring with darker brown-to-black streaks throughout their wings and backs, lighter gray underparts and faces, black streaks across their faces, and reddish orange crowns. During breeding season, their coloration dulls somewhat.

Habitat and Migration

Commonly found throughout much of North America, chipping sparrows head to their southern breeding spots around March. They prefer to spend their days in open woodland areas where taller grass can be found, as they typically forage on the ground and need places to escape or hide.

Social Behavior

Males head south usually a couple of weeks before the females and once pairing off has taken place, nesting begins. They’re partial to nesting in coniferous woods, around 20 feed above ground. Their name comes from the “chipping” sound they make while foraging.

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