H2: Basic Description
The Harris’s Sparrow is a large sparrow that is primarily black, white, and gray. This bird can reach up to 7.5 inches in length and has a wingspan of around 11 inches. The adult male birds have a solid black head with white markings on the chin and throat, while the female birds are less distinct with gray heads.
H2: Where To Find This Bird
The Harris’s Sparrow breeds only in Canada’s far northern regions around Nunavut and Northwest Territories. These birds migrate south into North America during winter months to places like Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio as well as other Midwest states within The United States.
During breeding season these sparrows live in remote areas such as tundra or boreal forests where they nest and feed their young ones by foraging for insects from the ground surface of these habitats; however when migrating south they prefer an urban suburban environment commonly found throughout America that allows them easy access to food sources.
The Harris’s Sparrow feeds mainly on seeds during winter but also enjoys eating fruits such as apples or pears when available. During breeding season this bird eats insects including beetles and caterpillars making sure their growing chicks receive enough protein-rich meals before fledging time comes around which helps ensure young chicks grow into strong healthy adults capable of surviving harsh conditions common across their habitat range.
H2: Cool Facts
Despite being one of the largest members in its family group within North America this sparrow remains relatively unknown among casual bird enthusiasts due partly because it lives primarily outside populated areas; nevertheless there are still some interesting facts about these feathered friends worth mentioning:
– They were named after Edward Harris who was an ornithologist from England.
– Their migration journey covers thousands of miles each year.
– In spite of living way up north Males are known to sing throughout the winter season.
– They are one of only two sparrow species that migrate north for breeding season.
All in all, this bird is a rare beauty that can be found in certain parts of Canada and the United States during winter months. Their unique black and white plumage make them stand out among other sparrows while their ability to adapt to different habitats ensures they always have food sources available no matter where they happen to land.