March 22, 2016 – Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)

Requested by: @thefireinthewire

These sparrows are found throughout the United States and Mexico and into parts of Central America and the Caribbean. They eat seeds, especially from grasses, as well as insects during the breeding season, and sometimes small fruits. Females build loose cup-shaped nests from rootlets and dried grass, lined with hair and plant fibers. Males guard the females while they build, but do not help with the construction. Outside of the breeding season Chipping Sparrows form flocks of a few dozen birds to forage in grassy areas and at bird feeders.