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Harris's Sparrow


IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

The striking Harris's Sparrow is rarely found far east or west of the middle of North America. It breeds along the edge of boreal forest and tundra in north-central Canada, and spends the winter in the very central region of the United States.

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Adult Description

  • Large sparrow, small songbird.
  • Black bib, forehead, crown, and nape.
  • Bill pink.
  • Underparts white with some streaks along sides.
  • Back brown with black streaks.
  • Two white wingbars.
  • Tail long (for a sparrow).

Immature Description

Immature similar to dullest winter adult, with throat mainly white and little black on face or crown.

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Similar Species

Similar Species

  • House Sparrow male has black bib, but has a black or yellowish bill (depending on the season), a short tail, rufous on the wings and back, and lacks any stripes on chest.
  • Winter Lapland Longspur similar to immature, but longspur has much shorter tail, rich rufous on the wings, and white outer tail feathers.

    Backyard Tips

    This species often comes to bird feeders. Find out more about what this bird likes to eat and what feeder is best by using the Project FeederWatch Common Feeder Birds bird list.

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