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    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
      • 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)