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Harris’s Sparrow

Zonotrichia querula

Harris’s Sparrows are generally not found in either the eastern or western states. They winter in the southern prairie states (Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas). Only in the far north of central Canada, predominantly Nunavut and Northwest Territory, can we find these birds in the breeding season. Typical migration follows the prairies through midwestern North America.

Summer birds show gray on the sides of their heads, which in winter turns to a light brown. Some may argue that their winter basic plumage is more handsome than their winter, or alternate plumage.

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