Black-chinned Sparrow

Spizella atrogularis
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Length: 6 in. (15 cm )
A bird of open chaparral bushes and junipers, the Black-chinned Sparrow nests on foothill slopes. Its nest is found low in a dense shrub and is made of grass. During the winter this species often descends into flatter areas of high deserts and joins mixed species flocks of other sparrow species. It feed mainly on seeds on the ground but switches to insects when feeding its young.

The four-digit banding code is BCSP.

Male | Herbert Clarke

Female | Robert Shantz



Bird Sound Type: Chirping
Sex of Bird: Male
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  • Article: Black-chinned Sparrow
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: March 22, 2018
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