American Tree Sparrow

American tree sparrow
American tree sparrow. Photo by Patrice Bouchard on Unsplash

Appearance: The American tree sparrow is a small bird about 6″ long. It’s brown with a tan breast and rust-colored crown. They have a single black spot in the center of the chest, a dark upper bill, and a yellow lower bill. Eyes are accented with gray eyebrows. The female looks the same.

Diet: Insects, seeds.

Feeder food: Black-oil sunflower seeds, hulled sunflower seeds, nyjer, cracked corn, and peanut hearts.

Habitat: Wooded areas, especially on edges.

Nesting: A cup-shaped nest. They have 1 brood/season, 3-5 green & white eggs per brood with brown marketing. Incubation is for 12-13 days.

Migration: American tree sparrows are true migrators. In spring they migrate north to Alaska and the northern Canadian provinces to breed and raise their young. When fall comes they migrate south into every US state except Louisiana and Florida.

American tree sparrow range map
American tree sparrow range map. Compliments of The Cornell Lab.