This inspiring, robin-sized shorebird should receive a medal for its incredible annual odyssey from Argentina to the Arctic tundra, a distance of over 20,000 miles, with about 3,000 miles of it over open water.
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.
This remarkable bird is a short-necked, short-legged, terrestrial shorebird with a long bill. The eyes are set back on its head. When this bird is flushed, its short wings make a startling whirring sound.
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