Field Sparrow

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Field Sparrow

Field sparrow photo
Spizella pusilla
Emberizidae (sparrows, longspurs, buntings) in the order Passeriformes

Unstreaked gray breast with slight buffy wash. Rusty crown and face marking. Pink bill, legs and feet. White wing bars. White eye ring. Lacks central breast spot of American tree sparrow.

Many American tree sparrows are misidentified as field sparrows. Look at the bird carefully; field sparrows are much smaller and lighter.

Length: 5 3/4 inches (tip of bill to tip of tail).
Distribution in Missouri: 
Field sparrows are common nesting birds throughout Missouri, but they retreat to the southernmost counties to ride out the winter.
Common summer resident; uncommon winter resident in the south, rare winter resident in the south.
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