Chipping Sparrow Identification

The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    The Chipping Sparrow is a slender, fairly long-tailed sparrow with a medium-sized bill that is a bit small for a sparrow. Learning the shape of this classic Spizella sparrow is a key step in mastering sparrow identification.

    Relative Size

    Smaller, trimmer, and shorter tailed than a Song Sparrow; slightly larger than a chickadee.

    Relative Sizesparrow or smallersparrow-sized or smaller
    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 4.7-5.9 in (12-15 cm)
      • Weight: 0.4-0.6 oz (11-16 g)
      • Wingspan: 8.3 in (21 cm)