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Fox Sparrow
Passarella iliaca

Sparrows, Grosbeaks and Buntings
Sparrows, Finches & Grosbeaks (Emberizidae)

Size: Length: 16-19 cm Wingspan: 27-30 cm

Description: A common sparrow of Engelmann spruce-subalpine fir forests and shrubby avalanche slopes, the fox sparrow has a dark gray face, nape, back and shoulder. The flight feathers and tail are rusty-brown. The throat, and breast are white, heavily streaked with dark brown, fading towards the belly. Hopping through the leaf litter, they rapidly scrape with both feet simultaneously to expose insects and seeds. Despite their noisy approach to foraging, they are shy and often difficult to see amidst dense thickets. They hide their nest under shrubs or clumps of marsh plants on the ground. Their call is more musical than most sparrows. It begins with a low buzz, and then moves on to a series of very rolling, musical notes: "All I have is what's here dear, won't you take it".

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