adult; no sexual dimorphism (California, USA; 2006-04-22)

Brewer's Sparrow
Spizella breweri

Native Range: North America

Notes: a very small, nondescript sparrow of deserts regions and open scrubland; typically in flocks feeding on or near the ground; closely related to other Spizella sparrows including Chipping Sparrow and Clay-colored Sparrow; some individuals are nearly imposible to distinguish with certainty.

dorsal view; streaked upperparts, gray below (California, USA; 2006-04-22)

very small conical bil; pale eye-ring (California, USA; 2006-04-22)

inhabits arid and scrubby desert environs (California, USA; 2006-04-22)

faint but complete white eye-ring (California, USA; 2006-04-22)