Harris's Sparrow

Zonotrichia querula

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Emberizids (Emberizidae)

Code 4

HASP

Code 6

ZONQUE

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Harris's Sparrow has a large range, estimated globally at 1,700,000 square kilometers. Native to Canada and the United States, this bird prefers shrubland, and grassland ecosystems, though it has been known to reside in rural gardens. The global population of this bird is estimated at 3,700,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of Harris's Sparrow is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Harris's Sparrow: Large sparrow with dark-streaked, brown upperparts and white underparts with dark-streaked sides. Head has stark black crown, face, and throat. Gray cheek patch is marked by a thin, black line. Bill is pink. Alternates rapid wing beats with brief periods of wings pulled to sides.

 

Range and Habitat

Harris's Sparrow: Breeds in the mixed forest-tundra zones of north-central Canada, from the extreme northwestern reaches of the Northwest Territories to the northern tip of Ontario, and along the western shores of Hudson Bay. Spends winters in the Great Plains states, from South Dakota to central Texas.

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Harris's Sparrow SONGS AND CALLS

Harris's Sparrow C1

Calls from a pair of birds.

Harris's Sparrow A1

"Tseet" calls given in flight.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"spink", "tseep"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Harris’s sparrow is Canada's only endemic breeder.
  • The common name of this species commemorates the American amateur ornithologist Edward Harris.
  • A group of Harris's Sparrows are collectively known as a "poll" of sparrows.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

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

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Imran Kahn

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X