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Photo © by Glen Tepke
Croatan National Forest, North Carolina, USA, 4 September 2007
Peucaea aestivalis

Aimophila aestivalis


6" (15 cm)
Dull, streaked above, plain below, buff breast.


South-eastern United States, breeding north to Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, but very local.

Winters chiefly in southern Atlantic and Gulf Coast states.



This is a polytypic species consisting of three subspecies[1]:

  • P. a. illinoensis:
  • P. a. bachmani:
  • Oak-pine woods of Mid-Atlantic states to northern Gulf states
  • P. a. aestivalis :

Was formerly placed in genus Aimophila.


Mature long-leaf pine forest, scattered shrubs; also fields and pastures.


Ground feeder; the diet includes crickets, beetles, grass and sedge seeds.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. 51st supplement to the AOU checklist of North American birds

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