The Chipping Sparrow, Spizella passerina, is fairly common across much of its North American range.
The Chipping Sparrow is a delightful North American sparrow, generally grey in colour with a rusty orangish upperside. It has a thin black eye-line and white eyebrow (supercilium) and rather long tail. Its most distinguishing feature is a reddish-brown crown.
The Chipping Sparrow gets its common name from the high-pitch chip-chip call which you might hear before you spot the bird. It feeds by hopping along the ground or on outer branches of trees in search of seeds and invertebrates.
The Chipping Sparrow is fairly tame and curious. With a length of 5.5 in/14 cm and a wingspan of 8.5 in/22 cm it is somewhat smaller than the House Sparrow. Scientists believe that there are several subspecies of Chipping Sparrows.