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Rufous-winged Sparrow

Aimophila carpalis

Rufous-winged Sparrow
copyright Robert Shantz
Length: 6 in. (15 cm)
This sparrow is a resident of arid grasslands with a mixture of low bushes and mesquites. Its food includes insects, seeds, and grass shoots. The nest is located low in a dense cactus or bush and made of grass and twigs. Breeding season is initiated by unpredictable summer rains. Sometimes it joins small flocks of Black-throated, Chipping and Brewer's Sparrows in the winter. The four-digit banding code is RWSP.
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Female
copyright Herbert Clarke

Desert
Desert

Mesquite bosque
Mesquite bosque

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