Family: Emberizidae, New World Sparrows view all from this family
Description ADULT Has dark-streaked brown back and reddish brown wings with two white wing bars; rump and tail are gray-brown. Has dark crown; "White-striped" form has pale central stripe and broad supercilium (white behind eye, yellow-buff in front); "Tan-striped" form has yellow-buff central stripe and supercilium. All birds have white throat and gray cheeks and underparts, palest on belly and undertail coverts. JUVENILE Recalls adult, but is heavily streaked below; head markings are indistinct. First-winter recalls "Tan-striped" adult, but duller overall.
Dimensions Length: 6-7" (15-18 cm)
Habitat Common summer visitor (mainly Apr-Aug) to northern mixed and deciduous forests; winters in dense wooded and brushy habitats, mainly in southeastern U.S. Present year-round in parts of northeast.
Observation Tips Often visits feeders.
Range Rocky Mountains, Northwest, Plains, Southeast, Western Canada, Alaska, California, New England, Great Lakes, Texas, Florida, Southwest, Mid-Atlantic, Eastern Canada
Voice Song is a piercing, whistling see-tsee-chrr-ch'd'd-ch'd'd; call is a sharp cheenk.
Discussion Woodland sparrow. Forms flocks outside breeding season. Sexes are similar, but two colour morphs occur.