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Sparrows of North Dakota

Unstreaked Sparrows

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11. Brewer's Sparrow Small sparrow similar in appearance to clay-colored sparrow but lacks the pale central head stripe. Instead has a brown head with fine black streaks. Has a distinct white eye ring and grayish-white stripe above the eye. Ear patches are light brown with darker edges. Has a thin, dark stripe running down the throat area on both sides. Breast and belly are grayish-white. Sexes similar. Is common in its small nesting location within the southwestern corner of the state. Prefers black sagebrush habitat which is found primarily in Bowman and Slope counties. Feeds on the ground on beetles, caterpillars, leafhoppers and weevils. Nests within sage brush clumps or other shrubs within four feet of the ground.
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