Black-chinned Sparrow

Spizella atrogularis

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

New World Sparrows and Towhees (Passerellida)

Code 4

BCSP

Code 6

SPIATR

ITIS

Egg Color:

Light blue



Number of Eggs:

2 - 5



Incubation Days:

13



Egg Incubator:

Female



Nest Location:

1.5 - 3 feet above ground.



Nest Material:

Stems and grasses with lining of rootlets, hair, and feathers.



Migration:

Northern birds migrate



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General

Black-chinned Sparrow: Medium-sized sparrow, mostly plain, dark gray with brown-streaked back, pale gray belly, and black chin and eyestripe. Bill is pink. Female has less black on chin. Juvenile lacks black facial markings.

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.

Breeding and Nesting

Black-chinned Sparrow: Two to five light blue eggs are laid in a grass-lined cup nest well concealed in a low bush. Female incubates eggs for about 13 days.

Foraging and Feeding

Black-chinned Sparrow: Feeds on seeds and insects; forages in sage and chaparral.

Vocalization

Black-chinned Sparrow: Song is a series of slurred notes, either "swee swee" or "chew chew chew", running together into a rapid trill.

Similar Species

Black-chinned Sparrow: Juncos have white outer tail feathers.

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BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
ChinX
The area of the face just below the bill.
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