This sparrow is fairly common throughout North America in dense brush in coniferous or mixed woodlands, chaparral. It is a large sparrow and highly variable. Some western mountain birds have gray heads and back. Some birds have big thick bills. Most birds have a bright rufous rump and tail that is conspicuous when it flies. It is heavy streaked on sides and breast. This streaking converges into a central breast spot. Like a Towhee it scratches noisily on the ground. The song is a brilliant assortment of clear notes and whistles.

This footage was captured south of St. John's Newfoundland in July 2013.

This Fox Sparrow was captured just south of St. Johns Newfoundland in July 2013.

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