Vesper Sparrow Identification Tips
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
General Information
- Conical bill
- Long, dark tail with white outer feathers
- White eye ring
- Rusty lesser coverts (not always visible)
- Brown upperparts with dark streaks
- White underparts with dark streaks
- Sexes similar
- Juvenile plumage (Summer) somewhat darker
- Found in open fields
- Forages on the ground
- Male often sings from high perch (tree, telephone
  wire, e.g.)

Similar species
When flushed, the white outer tail feathers of the Vesper Sparrow are easy to observe. Other birds with this field mark are American Pipit, Horned Lark, Lark Sparrow and longspurs. All lack the heavily streaked breast of the Vesper Sparrow.

When perched, the Vesper Sparrow looks similar to several other species of sparrows. Savannah has a yellow supercilium, pale central crown stripe, shorter tail and lacks rusty shoulder and eye ring. Song has rounded tail, breast spot, and lacks rusty shoulder and eye ring. Lincoln's has a buffy breast. Baird's and juvenile Grasshopper are larger-headed and shorter-tailed.
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