The American tree sparrow (Spizelloides arborea), also known as the winter sparrow, is a medium-sized sparrow.

It had been classified under the genus Spizella, but multilocus molecular evidence suggested placement in its own genus.

Adults have a rusty cap and grey underparts with a small dark spot on the breast. They have a rusty back with lighter stripes, brown wings with white bars and a slim tail. Their face is grey with a rusty line through the eye. Their flanks are splashed with light brown. They are similar in appearance to the chipping sparrow.

Their breeding habitat is tundra or the northern limits of the boreal forest in Alaska and northern Canada. They nest on the ground.



These birds migrate to the United States or southern Canada to spend the winter. Usually, chipping sparrows are moving south around the same time as these birds arrive.

These birds forage on the ground or in low bushes, often in flocks when not nesting. They mainly eat seeds and insects, some berries. They are commonly seen near feeders with dark-eyed juncos.

This bird's song is a sweet high warble descending in pitch and becoming buzzy near the finish.
American Tree Sparrow
Date Location Count
2020-09-17 09:19RNF du cap Tourmente1
2020-09-21 13:00PN Forillon--Penouille1
2020-09-18 08:15Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve1
2020-09-18 10:28Forteau--Buckle's Point3
2020-09-20 09:28Forteau--English Pt and Beach2
2020-09-20 08:13Wind Cave NP--Elk Mountain Campground1
2020-09-17 12:54Dinosaur Provincial Park1
2020-09-17 09:51Tolman Bridge Provincial Campground2
2020-09-12 12:28Bashaw (town)12
2020-09-21 12:45Calgary--Pearce Estate Park1
2020-09-19 09:04Airdrie--Nose Creek Park10
2020-09-16 09:18Airdrie--Chinook Winds Regional Park1
2020-09-16 14:35Edmonton--Bretona Pond1
2020-09-18 18:40Roper Park & Natural Area2
2020-09-21 15:00St. Albert--Grey Nuns Spruce Woodlot1
2020-09-13 10:10Salmon Arm Bay (General)1
2020-09-22 15:00Yellowknife--Willow Flats1
2020-09-21 12:11Yellowknife--Niven Lake2
2020-09-14 13:35Yellowknife--Landfill and Quarry Road1
2020-09-20 13:16Yellowknife--Kam Lake3
2020-09-13 13:41Yellowknife--Jackfish Lake3
2020-09-20 09:48Swan Lake Provincial Park1
2020-09-20 17:02Fort St. John--north sewage lagoons1
2020-09-21 18:17Charlie Lake - south end6
2020-09-21 08:34Inga Lake Rec Site1
2020-09-21 08:00Teslin Lake--Teslin Lake Bird Observatory2
2020-09-13 10:30Eagle Beach SRA1
2020-09-14 16:00Lewes Marsh--North End & Yukon River bridge1
2020-09-13 12:28Whitehorse--Mount McIntyre1
2020-09-13 15:58Whitehorse--sewage ponds (restricted access)1
2020-09-17 09:20Whitehorse--Porter Creek--1402 Elm Street1
2020-09-16 12:48Whitehorse--Porter Creek--Versluce Meadow1
2020-09-12 16:43Whitehorse--Crestview sewage ponds (restricted access)2
2020-09-11 10:10Middleton Island (restricted) (Gulf of Alaska)1
2020-09-02 07:05Denali Hwy--Sevenmile Lake Overlook (MP P7.0)20
2020-09-02 07:21Denali Hwy--MP P8-P11 miles
2020-09-11 10:00Denali Hwy--Tangle Lakes (MP P20)2
2020-09-02 07:54Tangle Lakes Campground (Denali Hwy MP P21.3)
2020-09-01 19:30Denali Hwy--Maclaren River Bridge (MP P42)5
2020-09-02 11:21Waterfowl Lakes (MP P49.5 Denali Hwy)20
2020-08-31 07:00Harding Lake SRA (MP V321.5 Richardson Hwy)1
2020-09-15 06:30Creamer's Field Migration Station1
2020-09-19 15:46South Van Horn fields20
2020-09-13 10:15Old Matanuska Townsite (Palmer)1
2020-09-13 11:32Palmer--UAF Matanuska Experiment Farm (S.Georgeson Dr.)1
2020-09-12 13:06Murphy Dome10
2020-09-21 09:39Anchorage Coastal WR--Carr-Gottstein Park to Campbell Creek2
2020-09-11 09:55Tony Knowles Coastal Trail--Chester Creek to Ship Creek2
2020-09-20 08:20Westchester Lagoon3
2020-09-20 10:54Tony Knowles Coastal Trail--Chester Creek to Fish Creek1
2020-09-21 12:47Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area1
2020-09-19 10:00Kincaid Park3
2020-08-30 08:00Denali NP--Savage River Camp7
2020-09-07Denali NP--Denali NP Road1
2020-09-13 02:40Denali National Park and Preserve1
2020-08-27 08:30Katmai NP--Brooks Lodge (Brooks River)1