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Sparrows of North Dakota

Unstreaked Sparrows

JPEG--Field Sparrow                 GIF--Map of Range

2. Field Sparrow
Has a gray face and neck with a rusty coloration on top of the head and a distinct white eye ring. Beak is an orangish-pink color. Lacks any striping on top of head or face. Back is streaked and breast is a pale grayish-white. Two white wing bars on each wing. Legs pink. Fairly common species found in brushy grasslands, tree rows and open woodlands. Found more in central and western areas of the state than in the extreme north and east. Feeds on the ground for beetles, grasshoppers, caterpillars, ants, flies, and spiders. Also will eat grass and weed seeds. Nests on or near the ground in clump of weeds, or tufts of grass from ground level to three feet high. Nest made of coarse, dead grasses.
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