Spizella passerina

Common Names: Chipping sparrow
Category: Birds
Sub-category: American sparrows, Towhees, Juncos, & Buntings

Throughout the year, adults are gray below and an orangish-rust color above. Adults in alternate (breeding) plumage have a persimmon-red cap, a nearly white supercilium, and a black trans-ocular line (running through the eye). Adults in basic (nonbreeding) plumage are less prominently marked, with a brownish cap, a dusky eyebrow, and a dark eye-line. Chipping sparrows vary across their extensive North American range.

Chipping sparrows breed in woodlands, farmlands, and suburban and urban districts. Throughout the year, chipping sparrows forage on the ground, often in loose flocks. Chipping sparrows frequently forage directly from forbs and grasses, too. At any time of the year, especially, in spring, chipping sparrows may be seen in trees, even up in the canopy, where they forage on fresh buds and glean for arboreal arthropods.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.