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Vesper Sparrow

Pooecetes gramineus
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Habitat: Grasslands, semi-open shrub lands and agricultural areas.

Description: Light colored legs, white eye ring, and white outer tail feathers.  It is the only sparrow with a light brownish red patch on its shoulder.  Males and females look very similar.

Size:  14-17 cm long (large compared to other sparrows)

Diet: Beetles, grasshoppers, caterpillars, moths, weed seeds and grains.

Fun Facts:  They are called the Vesper Sparrow because they males like to sing in the evening, and the word Vesper means evening.

Source: B. Mc Gillivray, and G. Semenchuk.  1998.  The Federation of Alberta Naturalists Field Guide to Alberta Birds.  Federation of Alberta Naturalists

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