Harris's Sparrow

Harris's Sparrow (credit: GNWT/J. McKay, ENR)
Harris's Sparrow
Zonotrichia querula
NWT List of Species at Risk: 
Not applicable
NWT SARC Assessment: 
Not applicable
Federal Species at Risk Act list: 
Under Consideration
COSEWIC Assessment: 
Special Concern
NWT General Status Rank: 

The Harris’s Sparrow is North America’s largest sparrow. It has a chunky body with a barrel-shaped chest that makes its head look a bit small. Males and females have a similar appearance with streaky brown and black plumage, grey or brown cheeks, a white belly, and a pink bill. Breeding adults have a distinctive black bib, face and crown. The Harris's Sparrow's song is a simple whistle of 1 to 3 evenly spaced notes of the same pitch.

Weight: 26.2 to 48.8 g (0.9 to 1.7 oz).  Length: 17 to 20 cm (6.7 to 7.9 in).

Report Harris’s Sparrow sightings to ebird.org or NWT_NUChecklist.TNO_NUReleve@canada.ca