Bird Profile: American Tree Sparrow

Illustration of an American Tree Sparrow, a gray streaky bird with russet markings on its face, spot on its chest and a bicolored bill (grey on top, yellow on bottom)
American Tree Sparrow. Representation by way of Bartels Science Illustrator Charlotte Holden.

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Even though they breed the place the treeline offers technique to tundra in northern Canada and Alaska, American Tree Sparrows seek advice from backyards, farmlands, and open woodlands throughout southern Canada and the north-central United States in wintry weather. Small flocks converge on snow-swept fields and underneath chicken feeders, buying and selling cushy, musical twitters as they ceremonial dinner on seeds at the floor. Now and again they’ll perch at the tops of bent grasses that poke in the course of the snow and beat their wings to dislodge seeds from the grass head.

  • Opposite to their identify, American Tree Sparrows most often forage and nest at the floor. Ecu settlers gave this species a lie to­ing identify as it reminded them of Eurasian Tree Sparrows again house.  
  • An afternoon of fasting is most often a dying sentence for the American Tree Sparrow, which wishes to absorb about 30% of its frame weight in meals and a identical share in water on a daily basis to take care of frame tempera­ture and weight at wholesome ranges.
  • Consistent with eBird Standing and Developments knowledge, Kansas and Nebraska host essentially the most American Tree Spar­rows from December to February, with 18% and 15%, respectively, of the worldwide inhabitants overwintering in the ones two states.   
  • American Tree Sparrows glance very similar to Chipping Sparrows, however in lots of spaces they come on their wintering grounds simply as Chipping Sparrows are heading farther south. Thus the 2 species hardly happen on the similar position and time.   

To find This Bird: In wintry weather, watch underneath chicken feeders for plump and long-tailed sparrows scratching and pecking for seeds at the floor. American Tree Sparrows have a bicolored invoice and central breast spot, which is helping them stick out from different sparrows. 

A grap map with red dots showing where the bird is located in the nonbreeding season, also an illustration of an American Tree Sparrow.
eBird Developments map for the American Tree Sparrow within the nonbreeding season. Sparrow representation by way of David Quinn/Birds of the Global. View better map.

Insights from eBird Developments

eBird Developments presentations that American Tree Sparrow populations are declining throughout a lot in their wintering vary, with some spaces of build up in Montana. “The maps don’t let us know why,” says eBird knowledge scientist Tom Auer, “however agricultural intensification and pesticide use within the core in their vary might be components within the declines. On the similar time, local weather alternate would possibly permit the species to wintry weather farther north.”   

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Eric Adjei

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