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Brewer's Sparrow
Spizella breweri

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

Size: Length: 12.5-14 cm

Description: Similar to the more common clay-coloured sparrow, Brewer's sparrow has a brown crown, streaked with black, and lacks the gray median strip of the clay-coloured. The eyebrow line is buff, and the brown of the cheek has less of a hard edge. There is a faint eye-ring visible. This is not present on the clay-coloured sparrow. The breast and throat are white, with a hint of buff along the flank. The back is brown, streaked with black. The wings have two white bands. They prefer subalpine willow thickets and subalpine fir krummholz communities, where they can collect seeds and insects near the ground. The nest is also near or at ground level. They choose low shrubs in which to build grass nests. The call is very different from the clay-coloured sparrow. It is similarly composed of buzzing notes, but they are arranged in a musical series of progressively shorter, and higher notes, until they are very rapid. The sequence may last upwards of 10 seconds.

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