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Clay-colored Sparrow
Spizella pallida

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

Size: Length: 12.5-14 cm

Description: Another common sparrow of forest edges and willow meadows, the clay-coloured sparrow has a brown crown, with black streaks running throughout and a light-gray stripe down the centre. The eyebrow line is light, while the cheeks are darker and outlined in black. The breast is white, while the back is buff, speckled with dark brown. The wings are dark and two white bands may be visible. The tail is dark. They collect seeds near the ground, picking up insects, particularly grasshoppers, simultaneously. The nest is near the ground, sometimes in a tuft of grasses. The song sounds like a static buzz from a radio. There are 2-5 buzzing sounds in a series, and they are very low in pitch. It sounds more like an insect than a bird.

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