Chirping Sparrow — Spizella passerina

Order Passeriformes
Family Emberizidae
Genus Spizella
Species passerina
A small gray-breasted sparrow with a bright rufous cap, a black line through the eye, and a white line over it. Immature birds in fall and winter are browner with a light crown stripe and gray rump. This species is found in open woods, conifers, orchards, farms, and towns. It is found throughout the eastern United States in summer and winters in the southern states down into South America. The song is a chipping rattle on one pitch.

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