Fox Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

Fox Sparrow
(Passerella iliaca)

Order:  Passeriformes
Family:  Passerellidae

Photo © Robert Royse

Fox Sparrow Information

Fox Sparrow
Description, range, habitat, songs and calls, identification tips, and behavior. Includes photos, illustration with field marks, and range map. (From

Fox Sparrow
Range, habitat, physical description, reproduction, lifespan, behavior, communication, food habits, predation, and conservation status. Includes photos. (From Animal Diversity Web)

Fox Sparrow
Description, habitat, diet, feeding behavior, nesting, range, migration, and breeding. Includes photo, range map, and song. (From Boreal Birds)

  Songs and calls of the Fox Sparrow

  Identification tips for the Fox Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

Courtesy of USFWS

Breeding Bird Survey Map,

Note: This map has not yet been updated with current data.

Fox Sparrow Breeding Map

(Image credit: USGS)

Range in New England

In New England, the Fox Sparrow breeds in far northwestern Maine.

This sparrow is seen in migration throughout the region.

This bird is found wintering in most of Massachusetts, in Connecticut, in Rhode Island, in southern New Hampshire, and along the coast of Maine. Additional local winter sightings can be seen on the eBird map below.

Winter Map from eBird

Sightings of the Fox Sparrow from Jan-Feb over the past 10 years (2009-2019)

Christmas Bird Count Map
Historical CBC Map from USGS