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Brewer’s Sparrow

Spizella breweri

Brewer’s Sparrows are usually found in brushy habitat. They breed in the Great Basin, from the Rockies to the Sierra Nevada ranges. A thousand miles north of the rest of its Brewers Sparrow cousins, as well as the northernmost range in the Rocky Mountains, the “Timberline Sparrow” (subspecies S. b. taverneri) makes its summer home.

This plain looking little sparrow has one of the bird world’s most interesting songs, which it loves to sing from elevated perches, even in the winter season. Boistrous and variable, it is ripe with trills and buzzy sounds.

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