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Vesper Sparrow


IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A large sparrow, the Vesper Sparrow inhabits grasslands and fields across much of the north-central United States and Canada. As its name suggests, it often sings in the evening twilight, though it sings actively in early morning as well.


Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Large sparrow.
  • Grayish brown.
  • Streaked chest and back.
  • White eyering.
  • White outer tail feathers.

Immature Description

Similar to adult, but without hidden rufous in wing.

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Similar Species

Similar Species

  • Song Sparrow lacks white in tail feathers and distinct white eyering.
  • Savannah Sparrow has shorter tail, yellowish eyestripe, and lacks white eyering and white outer tail feathers.
  • American and Sprague's pipits have white outer tail feathers, but have thinner bills, walk instead of hop, and frequently bob their tails.



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