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Chipping Sparrow - Spizella passerina

A fairly widespread small bird mostly foraging on the ground for seed with a preference for coniferous forests or farmland, parks and gardens. It is a migratory bird, spending winter in the south of the US or Mexico.

Common Names

  • Chipping Sparrow (en)
  • Chimbito común (es)
  • Bruant familier (fr)
  • Schwirrammer (de)


  • Passeriformes
  • Passerellidae
  • Spizella passerina

Where & When to Spot

I observed this sparrow less frequently on Montreal Island. I saw them once in Park Angrignon.

Observation Logs

On every park visit, we maintain a log of species spotted and identified. If you maintain a similar list, please consider sharing it with Muuuh Wildlife Photography: Share Logs.

Champ des Possibles, Montreal 1 0 0 0
Park Pointe aux Prairies 1 0 0 0

Times a species has been spotted, identified and logged while visiting this park. A species is reported only once / park visit. Only parks listed which we visit frequently all year long. Consult the page animal tracking about how we log observations in field.

How to Identify

In the breeding season, the species displays a red cap and a clearly distinct black line through the eyes. Outside the breeding season the cap is brown and the black line less contrasted.


Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)

Tadoussac - 2018-05-20

NIKON D500; 300mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/500; Aperture f6.3; Iso 320;

Chipping Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

Ile Saint Bernard - 2018-05-12

NIKON D500; 300mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/640; Aperture f5.6; Iso 140;

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