Large, striking, long-tailed sparrow of western North America, from Canada to Mexico. Black above with white spots on wings and back, bright rufous sides, and white belly. Eye is staring red. In flight, note white corners on tail. Forages primarily by hopping along ground, scraping away leaf litter. Inhabits scrubby areas and forest edges with thickets. Males sing from atop shrubs and low trees. Visits feeders.