One of the smaller members of the sparrow family, the Chipping Sparrow has a grey breast and belly, brown stripped body, and a rufous colored cap. They also typically have a dark line running from their beaks, through their eyes towards the back of their heads.
Chipping Sparrows spend most of their time on the ground or in the understory foraging for seeds and insects. They prefer open woodlands and grassy clearings and can often be seen in parks or visiting backyards. Chipping Sparrows generally forage in flocks outside of nesting season. Females build the nests, and nests are usually located 10’-20’ off the ground. They typically have 2 broods of 3-4 eggs per year.