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Field Sparrow

Scientific name: Spizella pusilla

A subtle yet attractive grassland edge sparrow, the Field Sparrow’s pink legs and bill help identify it. Northern populations of Field Sparrows are migratory, while southern populations are generally permanent residents. During the breeding season, males defend territories but often have neighbors close by.

Both males and females help feed the young, though if one parent disappears, the other can raise the young on its own. In one study, two Field Sparrows lived to be 6 years old, though this is unusual for a small songbird.