Chipping Sparrow
Spizella passerina

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Field Marks
  • Rusty crown 
  • White supercilium and black eyeline 
  • Gray face and underparts 
  • Tan back with dark streaks 
  • Brown wings with wing bars 
  • Gray rump 

Chipping Sparrows are widespread and common, having adapted well to human-made environments (suburban lawns, parks, and golf courses). Their preferred natural habitat is along woodland edges.  In the southeast, Chipping Sparrows are common in open pine forests.


Chipping sparrows are common permanent residents in the Metro Atlanta area.