Chipping Sparrow used to use hair in its nest, accordingly, it was given a
nickname of hairbird.
They are frequent visitors to birdfeeders. They are a timid bird that makes
way when other birds are present.
Chipping Sparrows typically build their nests low in a
shrub or tree. The female lays 27 Pale blue to white eggs lightly streaked
or spotted with black or brown. Incubation is about 10 15 days. When the
chicks hatch they are naked, helpless with their eyes closed. They fledge in
9 12 days.
The Chipping Sparrow has a dark, conical bill. The crown of the head is a
rusty color. There is a black stripe that runs through the eye. It has a
gray face and under-parts (these two features help identify the Chipping
Sparrow). Its back is tan with dark streaks the wings are brown with brown
bars. Chipping Sparrows are between 4 ½ 6 long with a wingspan of
approximately 8 ½. They weigh roughly ½ oz.
Juvenile Chipping Sparrows are prominently streaked
below. Like non-breeding adults, they show a dark eye-line, extending both
in front of and behind the eye. The brownish cap and dusky eyebrow are
variable but generally obscure in juveniles.
Chipping Sparrows inhabit grassy woodland pastures, gardens, city parks,
brushy pastures and suburban neighborhoods.
Depending on time of year during breeding season from the Yukon, Manitoba
and Newfoundland south through the entire US, south into Mexico and Northern
The Chipping Sparrow is partially migratory, with almost all high northern
birds migrating in winter to the southern United States and Mexico. Chipping
Sparrows migrate by night.
of the foods Chipping Sparrows eat are seeds grass seeds, grains and
flower seeds and at times fruits. Insects will be eaten in spring and fed to
chicks. These birds are frequent visitors to feeders. The pictures here are
from my feeder.