conical pinkish bill; plain grayish face; long tail (Illinois, USA; 2008-04-25)

Field Sparrow
Spizella pusilla

Native Range: North America

Notes: a relatively long-tailed sparrow of open fields and prairies; pinkish bill and plain face are distinctive; song an accelerating series of descending notes, rather like a silver dollar spinning on a bartop until it settles.

dorsal view; thin white eye-ring and wingbars (Illinois, USA; 2008-04-25)

streaked back; no sexual dimorphism (Illinois, USA; 2008-04-25)