Five-striped Sparrow

Aimophila quinquestriata
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Length: 6 in. (15 cm )
Found only on steep, rocky, arid slopes the Five-striped Sparrow is difficult to find unless it is singing from a high perch of cactus or shrubbery. A single male can sing over 150 different songs. They feed on the ground looking for seeds most of the year, but during the nesting season find insects to feed to their young. The nest is a deep cup hidden in a grass clump or base of a bush.

The four-digit banding code is FSSP.


Bird Sound Type: Chirping
Sex of Bird: Male
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  • Article: Five-striped 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: November 30, 2023
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