Chipping Sparrow

About the Chipping Sparrow

Also known as: Chippy, Chip Bird, Hair Bird, Social Sparrow
The Chipping Sparrow is a North American species of sparrow, with a range that covers much of the continent. Though they like to forage on the ground, Chipping Sparrows are often found in wooded habitat like parks, forests, and even urban yards with trees.

Chipping Sparrows feed on seeds year-round, as well as berries. During the summer they feed on insects as well, as a source of protein during breeding season.

Chipping Sparrows typically nest low in shrubs or trees, but are known to have placed nests in strangely atypical locations, like inside open man-made structures or on the ground.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 28 November 2018
Scientific Name
Spizella passerina
  • Passeriformes
  • Passerellidae
  • Spizella
  • S. passerina
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 4 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
4.7 to 5.9 inches
8.3 inches
.4 to .6 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 棕顶雀鹀
Czech (Cesky) strnádka vrabcovitá
Danish (Dansk) Rustkronet Træspurv
Dutch (Nederlands) Musgors
Finnish (Suomi) kenttäsirkkuli
French (Français) Bruant familier
German (Deutsch) Schwirrammer
Italian (Italiano) Passero cinquettante
Japanese (日本語) チャガシラヒメドリ [chagashirahimedori]
Norwegian (Norsk) Brunissespurv
Polish (Polski) spizela bialobrewa
Russian (русский язык) Малая воробьиная овсянка
Spanish (Español) Chingolo Cejiblanco
Swedish (Svenska) tjippsparv
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