Chipping Sparrow

Male Chipping Sparrow sings from a dead branch.
Male Chipping Sparrow sings from a dead branch in Moraine Park.

NPS Photo / Rachel Ames

Size: 4.5-6”
Description: White-gray underparts, a brown streaked back, pale face with a black line through the eye, and rusty crown which fades to brown during the fall and winter.
Migratory Status: Late spring and summer residents of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Habitat: Live in ponderosa pine, shrublands and riparian areas to 8,000 feet.
Diet: Forage mostly on the ground and eat a variety of grass seeds and insects.

Last updated: June 20, 2018

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