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Vesper Sparrow
Pooecetes gramineus

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

Size: Length: 14-16.5 cm Wingspan: 25-28 cm

Description: An occasional summer resident, the vesper sparrow has a light brown crown, nape and back streaked with black. The eyebrow line is buff, and the cheek brown, lightly outlined in black. There is a white eye-ring. The white breast is streaked with brown, with the streaking continuing down the flanks. The belly has no streaking. The wings have two faint buffy bands. The rump is light brown, while the tail is black with white outer feathers. Vesper sparrows prefer open country, often near civilization, fields, and roadsides. In the mountains, they seem to be limited to valley bottoms. They collect seeds and insects from the local grasses and weeds. The nest in on the ground, hidden within the grasses and low plants. The song begins with three or four long, buzzing notes, followed by a series of rapid, trilling tones.

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