Vesper Sparrow

Pooecetes gramineus

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Basic Information

Order

Passeriformes

Family

Emberizidae

Size

Vesper Sparrows are generally between 5 and 6.3 inches in length.

Lifespan

up to 6 years

Weight

Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) facts, habitat, range, sparrow pictures and bird watching tips to help you identify the songbird.

Diet

Omnivore

Behavior

Ground Forager

Range

Migratory: Nationwide

Nest Placement

Ground

Number of Offspring

3–6 Eggs

Egg Description

White with many brown spots

Condition at Hatching

Feeble, patches of down

Social Status

Flocks

Wingspan

9.2-9.5 in

What does the Vesper Sparrow look like?

Vesper Sparrows are large songbirds that are a heavily streaked brownish gray. They have white eye rings and outer tail feathers and conical bills.

Vesper Sparrow Habitat

Grasslands

Vesper Sparrow Facts

Vesper Sparrows are large songbirds that sing their prayers during the twilight hours. (They sing in the mornings too.) Their song has a few long sharp clear chirps followed by musical trills. They are often spotted along trails running through meadows and grasslands. Their populations are declining in the eastern U.S. due to loss of habitat.

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