The chipping sparrow (Spizella passerina
) is a common summer bird throughout much of the United States and Canada, with winter populations extending into the southern states and Mexico. Easily recognized by its bold rufous cap, black eye stripe, white or gray eyebrow and clear gray breast and abdomen, this bird is an easy one to spot when it visits backyards and gardens. Female birds are less noticeable but still show the black eye stripe, a key field mark for this species.
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