Black-chinned Sparrow

Spizella atrogularis

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Emberizids (Emberizidae)

Code 4

BCSP

Code 6

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Black-chinned Sparrow is a small songbird which lives in areas of brushy hillsides, arid scrublands, sagebrush and chaparral. It has a large breeding range of 805,000 square kilometers in parts of California and the American south-west, and winters in the south-west, and northern Mexico in similar habitats. Although this species has experienced declines because of habitat destruction and degradation, it still has a large, estimated breeding population of 390,000 birds, and has a conservation rating of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Black-chinned Sparrow: Medium sparrow, plain, dark gray with brown-streaked back, pale gray belly, black chin and pale eyestripe. Bill is pink. The legs and feet are yellow-gray. Forages in brush and on ground. Short flights on rapidly beating wings alternating with periods of wings pulled to sides.

 

Range and Habitat

Black-chinned Sparrow: Breeds from south central California east to southern Nevada and southwest Utah, south to Arizona, New Mexico, western Texas, and Mexico. Winters south of its breeding range. Prefers desert, dense sagebrush; in the far west, prefer dry chaparral with a variety of shrubs and scrub oak.

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Black-chinned Sparrow SONGS AND CALLS

Black-chinned Sparrow C1

Song is a clear, loud series of "zhe she she-reeee" notes.

Black-chinned Sparrow C2

Call is a thin, repeated "seep".

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Voice Text

"sweet-sweet-swee-iiiiii-r", chew-chew-chew"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Black-chinned Sparrows have suffered from habitat loss and degradation due to overgrazing, mining, and use of off-road vehicles.
  • Singing males are conspicuous when they sit on top of high bushes; their song carries well through the narrow, brushy canyons they inhabit, but in general they are shy and secretive.
  • A group of sparrows has many collective nouns, including a "crew", "flutter", "meinie", "quarrel", and "ubiquity" of sparrows.

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

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Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Brendon Farley

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