The Field Sparrow is a small, long-tailed sparrow
of brushy fields and shrublands. They have greatly benefited from man's forest
clearing activities, as the brushy second-growth forest is the perfect habitat
for them. Their energetic songs can be heard on even the hottest of days
when most other birds are temporarily dormant.
brushy areas, such as brushy fields, woodland edges, hedgerows and fencelines,
and second growth forest.
Diet: The majority of the summer diet is insects and spiders,
along with seeds. The majority of the winter diet is seeds.
Behavior: Field Sparrows typically forage low in
brush or other vegetation, or on the ground. Males are very frequent
singers from higher perches, however, as they defend territory.
Nesting: June and July
Migration: They are permanent residents throughout
much of the eastern United States. Birds towards the northern end of
their range, such as those in the Dakotas, do migrate southward in the
Conservation Status: Numbers increased greatly following European colonization, due to clearing of
forest lands. Numbers have declined over the past century as forest areas
have regrown. Still widespread and abundant, however.
Bird Feeders: Will attend feeders for various small
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Field Sparrow"
Photo Information: September 30th, 2008 - Newton
Hills State Park, South Dakota - Terry Sohl
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