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Fox Sparrow

Fox Sparrow
Fox Sparrow

© Joanne Kamo

Passerella iliaca

Family: (Emberizidae) New World Sparrows

Preferred Habitat: Dense undergrowth.

Seasonal Occurrence: Fairly common in winter.

Notes: The Fox Sparrow is larger than most sparrows. There are four different color forms: red or eastern, sooty, slate-colored, and large-billed. The red form is the one commonly found in Texas. Typically it is spotted on the ground in thickets or woodlands, kicking backward with both feet simultaneously in leaf litter as it forages for food. This unusual behavior which resembles a towhee more than a sparrow makes it easy to recognize. Unlike most sparrows it primarily eats insects.
- Susan Billetdeaux