American Tree Sparrow

Spizella arborea

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Emberizids (Emberizidae)

Code 4

ATSP

Code 6

SPIARB

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The American Tree Sparrow has a particularly large range, reaching up to 5 million square kilometers around the world. This species of bird is native to the United States and Canada. It has been seen in Saint Pierre as well. The population of the American Tree Sparrow is around 26 million individual birds worldwide. The concern regarding possible population decline for this bird is not grave in terms of possible decline. It has been given an evaluation rating of Least Concern, which is downgraded from the Lower Risk evaluation in 2000.

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SUMMARY

Overview

American Tree Sparrow: Medium, gray-brown sparrow, black and rufous-brown streaks on back, wings. Crown, eyestripes, flanks are rufous-brown, contrasting with gray face. Pale gray breast with dark central spot, rufous-brown sides. Upper mandible is dark gray, lower mandible is yellow.


Range and Habitat

American Tree Sparrow: Range throughout most of Alaska, the Yukon and Northwest territories, the very north of Manitoba and Ontario, all of Labrador, and in northern Quebec. Winter range includes a small part of southern Canada, and all of the United States, except for the west, and all of Florida. Preferred habitat includes moist deciduous woodlands and willow thickets along streams.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"tweedle-eet, tweedle-eet"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Despite their name, female American Tree Sparrows build their nests on the ground.
  • One study shows that they watch for predators out of their left eyes.
  • When the ground is covered with snow, they will beat tall weeds with their wings and then eat the seeds that have fallen on the snow.
  • A group of American Tree Sparrows are collectively known as a "grove" of sparrows.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for American Tree Sparrow

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Irina Rud-Volga

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
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.
Lower mandibleX
The lower part of the bill.
Upper mandibleX
The upper part of the bill.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X