Scientific Name: Spizella passerina
Population Estimate: 100M, Least Concern status
Range / Habitat: Throughout most of North America in summer only, found in areas with grassland interspersed by trees. Year-round in southern California. Winters in Mexico, Florida, Cuba, parts of Central America.
Field Notes: Small for a sparrow, always smaller than we think. Bill seems a little too small for a sparrow, too, classic Spizella species. Bright rufous cap, white eyebrow, black eye stripe and clear white breast distinguish this bird. Call is a persistent, rapid "chip".