A cold weather sparrow
seen in winter or in migration in South Dakota. American Tree Sparrows
nest in northern Canada and Alaska, farther north than any of their close
relatives. Often seen at residential feeders in the winter, often in
conjunction with Juncos or other birds.
Habitat: In winter and migration through the state, residential
areas, woodland edges and clearings, farms and farm fields, marshes and sloughs.
Diet: Dependent on season. Mostly
seeds in the winter, mostly insects in the summer. Occasionally berries in
Behavior: Prefers foraging along the ground or
relatively low in the vegetation, often in small flocks, sometimes in mixed
flocks with other species.
Breeding: Non-breeder in South Dakota
Song: Clear warbles that descend throughout the song.
The call is a muffled teedeloo.
Migration: Summers in northern Canada and Alaska. Winters
throughout much of the United States.
Bird Feeders: Millet and other seeds
Conservation Status: Generally stable throughout its range.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - American Tree Sparrow"
eNature.com: American Tree Sparrow
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