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American Tree Sparrow

Spizella arborea
American tree sparrows nest in willow thickets and arctic shrub along the tundra's edge in Canada and Alaska. But during the winter, tree sparrows can be found throughout Missouri, especially in our northern and western sections.

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Avian Aliens

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Starlings and house sparrows have found a home in the U.S.

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Bachman's Sparrow

Aimophila aestivalis
This large, ground-nesting sparrow is listed as Endangered in Missouri, where its historic habitat is in decline.

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Manage your Missouri land to help this endangered species.

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Dark-Eyed Junco

Junco hyemalis
Dark-eyed juncos, or "snowbirds" as they are widely known, are sparrows. Juncos are abundant throughout Missouri during the winter. What many people are not aware of is that there are two color forms of juncos that occur here.

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Photograph of a Eurasian Tree Sparrow perched on a brick surface

Eurasian Tree Sparrow

In all of North America, Eurasian tree sparrows are found only in the St. Louis area and in nearby areas in Illinois and southeastern Iowa.

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Photograph of a Eurasian Tree Sparrow perched on a brick surface

Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Passer montanus
People brought this bird and its cousin, the house sparrow, to America in hopes of controlling insects. But both have become pests. Neither are true American sparrows; rather, they are Old World sparrows, more closely related to birds in the Middle East, Pakistan and India.

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Field Sparrow

Spizella pusilla
Field sparrows are common nesting birds throughout Missouri, but they retreat to the southernmost counties to ride out the winter. Many American tree sparrows are misidentified as field sparrows. Look at the bird carefully; field sparrows are much smaller and lighter and lack a central breast spot.

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Field Sparrow

Audio of a field sparrow in the wild.

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Fox sparrow photo

Fox Sparrow

Audio of a fox sparrow in the wild.

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