non-breeding adult; rufous-tinged crown (Michigan, USA; 2006-08-19)

Chipping Sparrow
Spizella passerina

Native Range: North America and Middle America

Notes: very similar and closely related to Clay-colored Sparrow, these two species sometimes forming mixed flocks in winter; song a monotone trill.

breeder; red crown, white and black eyelines (Michigan, USA; 2006-07-19)

non-breeder, dorsal view; striped back (California, USA; 2007-10-06)

first-winter nonbreeder; no red crown yet (California, USA; 2007-10-06)

juvenile; streaked underneath (Michigan, USA; 2007-08-06)

juvenile; pinkish bill; streaked underneath (Michigan, USA; 2007-08-06)

non-breeding adult; gray underparts (Michigan, USA; 2006-08-19)