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    American Tree Sparrow

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    American Tree Sparrow

    Spizelloides arborea
    • ORDER: Passeriformes
    • FAMILY: Passerellidae
    Basic Description

    Plump and long-tailed, American Tree Sparrows are busy visitors in winter backyards and weedy, snow-covered fields across southern Canada and the northern United States. Hopping up at bent weeds or even beating their wings to dislodge seeds from grass heads, they scratch and peck the ground in small flocks, trading soft, musical twitters. Come snowmelt, these small rusty-capped and smooth-breasted sparrows begin their long migrations to breeding grounds in the tundra of the far North.

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    Other Names
    • Chingolo Arbóreo (Spanish)
    • Bruant hudsonien (French)

    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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