Sparrows are a very tame sparrow, well
adapted to human presence. They now reside and nest in a very wide variety
of habitats, including in urban settings. The name comes from the sparrow's song.
These little birds are unfortunately common hosts to
Brown-headed Cowbird parasitism, and
it is not uncommon to see unwitting Chipping Sparrow parents raising Cowbird
chicks that weigh three times as much as the parents.
Habitat: Open woods, residential areas, farms.
Diet: Summer diet is mostly insects and
spiders. Fall and winter diets include large amounts of seeds and waste
Behavior: Does most of its foraging on the ground,
but will also forage in shrubbery and underbrush, as well as in lower levels
Nesting: Mid-May through Mid-August.
Migration: Neotropical migrant, wintering in the southern U.S. through Mexico and
Bird Feeders: Will attend feeders for various seeds and
Conservation Status: Common throughout most of its range,
with no signs of recent declines.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Chipping Sparrow"
eNature.com: Chipping Sparrow
Photo Information: May 26th, 2011 - Beaver Creek
Nature Area near Brandon, South Dakota - Terry Sohl
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