Bell’s Sparrow

Bells Sparrow

Bell’s Sparrows are medium-sized sparrows that have a gray head with a white patch in front of the bill. They also have a black outline on their bill, a white eye ring, a black vertical stripe down their throat, a gray back, and a white chest and belly.

Their long, pointy tails are often held upright. Males and Females look the same while Juveniles are brown all over. 

  • Artemisiospiza belli
  • Length: 6.25 in (16 cm)
  • Weight: 0.7 oz (20 g)
  • Wingspan: 8.25 in (21 cm)


Bell’s Sparrows live in southwestern US states and northwestern Mexico all year.

Habitat And Diet

You can find Bell’s Sparrows in sagebrush habitats which is why they are often misidentified as Sagebrush Sparrows. They are residents of coastal shrubby areas, saltbush, and open, dry habitats. 

Bell’s Sparrows usually forage on the ground. They have a habit of scurrying under shrubs for protection. They feed on seeds from shrubs and grasses. They also eat many kinds of insects such as grasshoppers and beetles.  

Bell’s Sparrow Song:


Nests of Bell’s Sparrows can be found low to the ground. They are a loose cup of sagebrush, twigs, grass, and bark lined with feathers and fur. The female lays around five eggs that she takes care of for about sixteen days until they hatch.  Males defend their territory by singing from a dry perch. 

Fun Fact:

In 2014, Bell’s Sparrow has been proven as a separate species from the Sage Sparrow after 115 years of debate. DNA results from these two birds finally ended the discussion.