Sunday, October 2, 2011

Brewer's Sparrow

At 5 inches, the Brewer's Sparrow is one of the smaller emberizids, and also one of the less colorful.
The Brewer's Sparrow has the nondescript browns and tans of of the sparrow group, but has more streaking on the head and back, as well as darker primary feathers that set it apart to the careful observer. They prefer rocky terrain, sagebrush, and desert shrubs, which is great, because not a lot of other animals do, and it's nice to still find new birds in the more dull scenery.

What they lack in visual pizazz they make up for with their song, a very complex string of oscillating high notes that is as unmistakable as it is pretty.

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