Small bird with a short conical bill and long tail. It has rusty stripes on its head and a rusty line behind its eye. Underparts are grayish and unstreaked. Namesake rufous wing patch is not always visible.
Rusty or rufous wing patch sometimes visible on its shoulder. Note black throat stripe, pale conical bill, and rusty streaks on a gray head.
A sparrow with a long, rounded tail and pale, conical bill. Other notable features include unstreaked belly and black throat stripe. Year-round resident in Sonoran desert scrub and Sinaloan thorn scrub.
- Small sparrow.
- Gray head with rufous crown.
- Rufous stripe behind eye.
- Two thin black mustache stripes on each side of bill.
- Streaked upperparts.
- Rufous patches on wings often concealed.
- Plain gray underparts.
Immature DescriptionJuvenile lacks strong rufous of adult, and is streaked on chest.
Relative Sizesparrow-sized or smaller
- Both Sexes
- Length: 5.1-5.5 in (13-14 cm)
- Weight: 0.5-0.6 oz (13-17 g)
- Wingspan: 8.3 in (21 cm)
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