The Fox sparrow moves south in winter and down slope to avoid snow and to find food.
The fox sparrow eats primarily seeds but they also feed on arthropods and berries.
The Fox sparrow nests on the ground under cover of dense shrubbery.
The Fox sparrow spends its winters west of the Sierra and summer east of the Sierras.
The fox sparrow likes bushy habitats. It will use chaparral and similar habitats as well as brushy areas under the forest canopy.
Domestic and feral house cats are very detrimental to the Fox sparrow as they nest on the ground and are easily preyed upon. The fox sparrow likes leaf litter to forage around in. Some of its favorite plants to inhabit are California native roses, Manzanita, Ceanothus and Chinquapin.