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Savannah Sparrow
Passerculus sandwichensis

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

Size: Length: 12.5-16.5 cm Wingspan: 20-24 cm

Description: A common sparrow of moist meadows, marshes and grassy floodplains, the savannah sparrow's head, back, wings and tail, are light brown streaked with black. The throat and breast are white with dusk streaking. The head has a light brown or yellow eyebrow line, and a brown cheek with a black outline. The wings may have two faint white bands. The lack of white outer tail markings help to distinguish it from the similar vesper sparrow. The pair scratch out a hollow on the ground for a nest. Hidden by grass or shrubs, they build a grass nest. They prefer to feed on the ground, collecting a diversity of seeds and insects. The song is a series of chipping notes, beginning slow and speeding up: "chip-chip-chip-chipi-teee-chip".

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