Vesper Sparrow

Vesper Sparrows are quite large sparrows that are mostly brown on the back, with white streaks and white bellies.

  • Pooecetes gramineus
  • Length: 5.1-6.3 in (13-16 cm)
  • Weight: 0.7-1.0 oz (20-28 g)
  • Wingspan: 9.4 in (24 cm)


Vesper Sparrows spend the summer breeding in the northern half of the US, southern Canada, and down into southwestern US states. Then, they migrate to southern US states and Mexico for winter.

Habitat And Diet

You can find Vesper Sparrows on the ground in open grasslands and weedy fields and meadows. They eat seeds of grasses and weeds and some insects and spiders.

Vesper Sparrow Sounds:

Males start with a few low whistles followed by a series of rising and falling trills.


Nests of Vesper Sparrows are on the ground and made from grass, bark, and moss. They lay up to six eggs which take up to two weeks to hatch and a further one or two weeks for the young to leave the nest.

Fun Fact:

Male Vesper Sparrows run after females with their wings raised, leaping into the air and singing to attract their attention.