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Grasshopper Sparrow

From Opus

Photo © by raymondjbarlowKirkfield, Ontario, Canada, June 2007
Photo © by raymondjbarlow
Kirkfield, Ontario, Canada, June 2007
Ammodramus savannarum


[edit] Identification

Juvenile which is shown by the speckles in the high breast areaPhoto © by JosefRapid City, South Dakota, USA, July 2010
Juvenile which is shown by the speckles in the high breast area
Photo © by Josef
Rapid City, South Dakota, USA, July 2010

12–12·5 cm (4¾-5 in)

  • Flat head (straight line from the bill back to the crown)
  • White eye ring
  • Orange spot in front of the eyes
  • Unstreaked breast with a little buffy color
  • Suggestion of a light crown stripe
  • Short tail
  • Large bill

[edit] Distribution

Canada, United States, Mexico south to Central America and northern South America (Colombia and Ecuador).

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Subspecies pratensisPhoto © by Dave 2xFlorida, USA, January 2011
Subspecies pratensis
Photo © by Dave 2x
Florida, USA, January 2011

Polytypic. Consists of eleven subspecies[1].

Three other subspecies are not recognised by most authorities: beatriceae, passerinus and australis the latter two generally being considered invalid.[2]

[edit] Habitat

Early successional fields and prairies and forest edges.

[edit] Behaviour

Photo © by Stanley JonesBell County Expo Center, Belton, Bell County, Texas, USA, May 2019
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Bell County Expo Center, Belton, Bell County, Texas, USA, May 2019

[edit] Diet

There diet consists of insects and seeds.

[edit] Vocalisation

Song: such as it is, has a few high introductory chips, followed by a distinctive buzz.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. BF Member observations
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2014)

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