Black-chinned Sparrow Spizella atrogularis

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Passerellidae
  • Polytypic: 4 subspecies
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Breeding male

A slender sparrow with a pink conical bill. Breeding males are gray with brown wings and a black throat patch.

Female/nonbreeding male

Females look like males, but lack the black chin and throat patch.

Female/nonbreeding male

A long-tailed sparrow with a pink conical bill. Nonbreeding birds lack the breeding male's black throat.

Female/nonbreeding male

A gray sparrow with a pink bill, brown wings, and brown streaks down its back.

Breeding male

Males often sing from conspicuous perches during the breeding season.


Found in dry brushlands and chaparral along rugged hillsides.

Recommended Citation

Black-chinned Sparrow (Spizella atrogularis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: