Merlin

Olive Sparrow Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A medium-sized sparrow with a rotund belly, a thick neck, and a long tail. The bill is heavy and slightly longer than in other sparrows.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Chipping Sparrow, smaller than a Spotted Towhee.

    Relative Sizesparrow or smallersparrow-sized or smaller
    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 5.3-5.9 in (13.5-15 cm)
      • Weight: 0.5-1.1 oz (15-30 g)
      • Wingspan: 7.9 in (20 cm)

Regional Differences

Color of head stripes varies across its range, with those farther south having darker head stripes.