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Harris's Sparrow Zonotrichia querula

Flight call description A soft, plaintive "tseee".


Fig.1. Kansas November 22, 2000 (WRE).

Perched bird.


Examples     Diurnal


Similar species Lower and more plaintive than Song and Fox Sparrows. Lower than Grasshopper Sparrow and typically upward-arched.


Behavior Nocturnal migrant. Gives flight call regularly while perched, particularly around dawn and dusk, during the day, and presumably during nocturnal migration.


Spectrographic description Measured calls (N=4) were 129-156 (139.5) mS in duration and in the 6.2-8.7 (6.4-8.4) kHz frequency range. The frequency track was single or double-banded and typically slightly upward-arched. The space between the bands was typically small but ranged up to 1 kHz.