long tail by sparrow standards (California, USA; 2009-04-05)

Black-chinned Sparrow
Spizella atrogularis

Native Range: North America and Middle America

Notes: a long-tailed denizen of chaparral and other brushy habitats; odd mixture of streaked-brown upperparts and plain charcoal underparts.

pink bill, in this case holding green worm (California, USA; 2009-04-25)

brown-streaked back (California, USA; 2009-04-25)

charcoal gray breast and belly (California, USA; 2009-04-05)

posing for portrait, albeit with a full mouth (California, USA; 2009-04-05)