claycolored sparrow (Spizella pallida)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 4.5 inches
Pale, conical bill with dark tip
Brown crown with dark streaks and pale central stripe
Brown cheeks bordered by black
Pale malar streak with dark whisker
Tan back with dark streaks
Brown wings with wing bars
Slim, forked tail
Immature plumage (fall) similar to adult but has buffy breast, malar streak and supercilium
Juvenile plumage (summer) similar to immature but duller with streaked underparts
In Spring and Summer, clay-colored sparrows are similar to Brewer's
sparrows but have a white central crown stripe, dark borders to the
cheeks, distinct supercilium, gray hindneck and a dark whisker. Field
sparrow has a pink bill, rusty crown and a white eye ring. In Fall and
Winter, chipping sparrows are quite similar to clay-colored sparrows.
Often, they retain some rust in the crown and can be identified by that
field mark. Clay-colored sparrows have pale lores, brown rumps, more
distinct whisker and a buffier breast.
Migration Status: Neotropical migrant
Breeding Habitat: Successional-scrub
Nest Location: Ground-low nesting
Nest Type: Open-cup
Clutch Size: 3-5
Length of Incubation: 10-12 days
Days to Fledge: 8-9
Number of Broods: 1, often 2
Diet: Mostly seeds; lesser quantities of insects
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May R
Su - Summer: June, July, August
Fall: September, October, November R
Winter: December, January, February
Crooked Run Valley