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Rachel Cross

Easton, CT, USA


Please confirm, is this a song sparrow? Thanks!

Song Sparrow?

2 replies on “Song Sparrow?”

Holly Faulkner, Project Assistant says:

Hi Rachel, This looks like a Fox Sparrow to us. Check out Fox Sparrow identification here, and feel free to compare to Song Sparrows – scroll down on the Song Sparrow page to see regional differences. Song Sparrows typically have a concentrated “spot” of streaks on their chest, where Fox Sparrows do not, and note the grayish head feathers on Fox Sparrows compared to Song Sparrows.

Holly Faulkner, Project Assistant says:

Hi again Rachel, After more careful review, we’ve determined that this is a Song Sparrow. The seventh image on the Song Sparrow page I linked above more closely matches your bird. Note the whiteish malar (“moustache”) stripe, and the lack of reddish feathers on the cheeks. You can review a comparison of Fox and Song Sparrows here. If you have questions on how to update your FeederWatch count, please contact us at

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