photo by Phil Swanson
L 7 1/2″ (19 cm).
Song or calls:
Song is series of quavering whistles: two notes on one pitch followed by two more on another pitch.
Description: Sexes similar. Breeding adult has black crown, face, and bib; pink bill; grayish cheeks. Upperparts are buffy brown with black streaking; white belly with dark streaking on sides. Winter adult has blackish crown; buffy cheeks; throat may be all black, show white flecks, or have a white band; flanks are buffy. Immature is similar to winter adult but has less black.
Habitat: Migrants and wintering birds prefer areas with shrubs, low trees, and tall weedy plants. Found in rural, residential, and urban areas, often near streamside woodland edges.
Where in Nebraska: Abundant spring and fall migrant in eastern Nebraska, and common farther west. Regular winter visitor in southern parts of the state. Joins mixed flocks of other sparrows during the winter.
- The largest sparrow in the United States.
- Found in Nebraska during winter and migration, it is the only bird that breeds in Canada and nowhere else in the world.