Chipping Sparrow

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Chipping Sparrow

Small, foraging sparrow with a rufous cap.  Common in much of North America in warmer months; prefers open woodland, grassy areas, roadsides, and parks, as well as feeders.   In spring and summer shows a rufous cap, streaked brown back, clean gray underparts, wingbars and complete black eyeline; in winter colors become more subdued.  Often seen in flocks after breeding season, and their small stature may make them hidden when ambling through even short grasses.  Primarily a seedeater; eats insects in summer.  Nests in low bush or tree.  Lifespan up to 11 years.  Population ~ 230 million and stable.

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January 3, 2015