Family New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Least Concern

Harris's Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula)


Taxonomy

French: Bruant à face noire German: Harrisammer Spanish: Chingolo de Harris
Taxonomy:

Fringilla querula

Nuttall

, 1840,

few miles west of Independence, Missouri, USA

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Monotypic.

Distribution:

Canada from N Mackenzie (possibly from Yukon) E to C Nunavut, S to NE Saskatchewan, N Manitoba and NW Ontario. Winters in C & S USA primarily from SW South Dakota, N Nebraska and C Iowa S, E of foothills and W of Mississippi R, to SC & C Texas.

Descriptive notes

16–19 cm; 28·4–48·8 g. A large sparrow with long tail. Has crown, eyestripe, face, chin and throat black, eyestripe brownish-buff in fresh (autumn)... read more

Voice

Song consists of one to several clear whistled notes in same minor key, often following other notes... read more

Habitat

Found at forest–tundra interface in islands of white spruce (Picea glauca), black... read more

Food and feeding

Invertebrates, also spruce needles; in winter eats seeds and fruits. Forages principally on or close to ground; in breeding season also... read more

Breeding

Season mid-Jun to mid-Jul, nest-building beginning when snow-melt has occurred (typically, first half Jun); single-brooded. Monogamous. On... read more

Movements

Migratory; entire population migrates through a relatively narrow corridor between breeding and... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Often common or very common in appropriate habitat. Relatively little known. Breeds in remote and isolated places where there is little human... read more

Recommended citation

Rising, J. (2018). Harris's Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/61911 on 13 November 2018).