Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Chipping Sparrow

In a weedy field in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, this juvenal Chipping Sparrow posed for us. This sparrow is abundant across much of North America. Chippy’s are found in urban areas and in brushy, weedy fields. Chipping Sparrows were thought to be a monogamous species. Middleton (1998), however, cites banding studies that showed that males move through neighboring territories and may copulate with several females. This author warns that ornithologists do not know if this behavior is widespread. The second photo, of an adult, I took last May. I was collecting miscellaneous bird shots for the BirdsEye photo collection.

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