Sparrows, Towhees, and Allies
Seasons in KC area based on information from "The Sibley Guide to Birds" (2000) and "Birds of Kansas" (2011)
Tree Sparrow Chipping Sparrow 127th Synagogue 4_3_2014
American Tree Sparrow - KC area October to March
Chipping Sparrow - KC area April to October
Rufous eye-line & distinct,dark spot on clear breast
Dark eye-line, grayish breast
Song Sparrow Savannah Sparrow Anahuac 3_21_2014
Song Sparrow - KC area year-round
Savannah Sparrow - KC area during Sp & F migration
Brown lateral throat stripe, brown breast streaks and spot
Eye-line, mustache stripe, yellow supraloral, notched tail
White-crowned Sparrow White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow - KC area October to May
White-throated Sparrow - KC area October to May
White stripes on crown, brown-gray breast
Outlined white throat, yellow lores, rufous on wings
Fox Sparrow Ironwoods 10_30_2012 Lark Sparrow 1_6_2012
Fox Sparrow - KC area October to April
Lark Sparrow - KC area April to September
Rufous wings & breast spots, rufous on gray head & back
Harlequin face pattern, white breast with bold spot
Harris Sparrow first year Harris Sparrow adult
(1st winter - yellow-brown head)
Harris's Sparrow
- KC area October - May
(adult - black face)
Largest sparrow, pink
bill, white belly
Swamp Sparrow front Ironwoods 10_30_2012 Swamp Sparrow Ironwoods 10_30_2012
Swamp Sparrow -
KC area October to May
Blurry streaks on gray-buffy breast, unstreaked throat,
rufous wings, rufous-buffy flanks, clean gray nape
Field Sparrow DeSoto 95th 4_4_2015 Lincoln's Sparrow 10_20_2011
Field Sparrow - KC area year-round
Lincoln's Sparrow - KC area Sept to May
Pink bill and legs, white eye-ring, plain face and breast
Gray supercillium, buffy eye-ring, streaked buffy breast
Grasshopper Sparrow SEllis 10_9_2011 LeConte's Sparrow Prairie Center 10_26_2014
Grasshopper Sparrow - KC area May to September
Le Conte's Sparrow - KC area Sp/F migration (uncommon)
Dark spot on rear auriculars (Photo by Sarah Ellis)
Orangish face, purplish spots on nape, white crown stripe
Clay-colored Sparrow Heritage Park 5_4_2014 Lark Bunting female at Cienega Creek 1_21_2015
Clay-colored Sparrow - KC area Sp & F migration
Lark Bunting female (west) - not in KC area
Brewer's Sparrow Rufous-collared Sparrow
Brewer's Sparrow (southwest) - not in KC area
Rufous-collared Sparrow (Costa Rica) - not KC area
Black-throated Sparrow at Gates Pass 1_24_2015 Rufous-winged Sparrow Catalina1_13_2014
Black-throated Sparrow (west) - not in KC area
Rufous-winged Sparrow (southwest) - not KC area
Black-chinned Sparrow 1_6_2013 Vesper Sparrow Ogg Road Farm 4_2_2015
Black-chinned Sparrow (southwest) - not in KC area
Vesper Sparrow - KC area during Sp & F migration
Gray head and breast, streaked back, small pink bill
White outer tail feathers & eye-ring, rufous lesser coverts
Junco Volcano Junco
Dark-eyed Junco - KC area October to May
Volcano Junco (Costa Rica) - not in KC area
Green-tailed Towhee 1_6_2012 Yellow-eyed Junco 1_6_2013
Green-tailed Towhee (west) - not in KC area
Yellow-eyed Junco (southwest) - not in KC area
Eastern Towhee DeSoto 95th 4_4_2015 Spotted Towhee Battistes Sierra Vista 1_9_2012
Eastern Towhee - KC area March to October
Spotted Towhee (uncommon) - KC area Oct to April
Canyon Towhee Florida Canyon 1_7_2014 Abert's Towhee
Canyon Towhee (southwest) - not in KC area
Abert's Towhee (southwest) - not in KC area
House Sparrow Lapland Longspur Trent Reed 07_16_2011
Weaver Finch (House Sparrow) - KC area year-round
Lapland Longspur - KC area November to April
Not a true sparrow, introduced into US from Old World
Photo by Robert T. Reed
Page added 6/10/2011 (latest update 4/4/2015 Eastern Towhee, Field Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow better pics)