Grasshopper sparrow

The Grasshopper Sparrow, Ammodramus savannarum, is a small sparrow. The Ammodramus genus of 11 species inhabit grasslands and marshes.

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The Grasshopper sparrow is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

(1949), who collected the first grasshopper sparrow in Idaho in 1947 in Latah County, writes (in litt.) that "here, too, it seemed to me that the birds were not unduly rare, although there had been much ornithological field work in the area previously." The Florida grasshopper sparrow, A. s. floridanus (Mearns), inhabits the Kissimmee Prairie region. It was described in 1902 by Edgar A. Mearns, who based his description on a pair of birds collected on the Kissimmee Prairie near Alligator Bluff, Osceola County. More

North American RangeThe Grasshopper Sparrow is an inconspicuous grassland sparrow with a short tail and a proportionally large, flat head. It has a plain face, with a white eye-ring and a white stripe through the middle of its crown. Its back is intricately patterned with gray and chestnut, a color combination that is unique among Washington's sparrows. It has an entirely clear, buff-colored breast, with no streaks or spot. Juveniles are streaked overall until they reach adult plumage at the end of their first summer. More

Grasshopper Sparrow is easily overlooked. Indeed, Forbush (1929) described this species as “a queer, somber-colored, big-headed, short-tailed, unobtrusive little bird did not come by its name because of its fondness for grasshoppers, though it is never averse to making a meal of them, but because of its grasshopper-like attempt at song—if song it can be called.” Not all ornithologists have shared this opinion, however; with more discerning eyes and warmer hearts, Phillips et al. More

The Grasshopper Sparrow, Ammodramus savannarum, is a small sparrow. The Ammodramus genus of 11 species inhabit grasslands and marshes. Adults have upperparts streaked with brown, grey, black and white; they have a light brown breast, a white belly and a short brown tail. Their face is light brown with an eye ring and a dark brown crown with a central narrow light stripe. There are regional variations in the appearance of this bird. More

Grasshopper Sparrow photographed last month in Tenants Harbor Photo by Don Reimer by Don Reimer When my close birding friend Mark DiGirolamo phoned on December 21 to report a Grasshopper Sparrow in Tenants Harbor, I couldn't have been more surprised. As a heavy afternoon snowstorm was developing, this tardy little sparrow stocked up on weed seed along a roadside. Overnight he survived the 18 inches of snow and was feeding on seed again the following morning. More

The Grasshopper Sparrow is a small species of bird whose natural habitat includes grasslands and marshes. Breeding of this species takes place in open grass fields and prairies in southern Canada and throughout the United States. This bird conceals its nest underneath existing vegetation on the ground. During winter months, the Grasshopper Sparrow migrates to the southern United States, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. More

Feeding: The Grasshopper Sparrow is mainly a visual predator that forages on the ground. Feeds on the seeds of panic grass and sedges during the winter, and on insects (primarily grasshoppers) during the summer. Reproduction: Nests are difficult to find and very unique, having a dome structure with overhanging grasses and an entrance on the side. Can have more than 2 broods in a season if the weather is favorable, and populations in Florida and Jamaica can have up to 4. More

Grasshopper Sparrow: Feeds mostly on insects, including grasshoppers(staple), beetles, caterpillars, and crickets; also eats spiders, earthworms, snails, and seeds; forages on the ground. Readily Eats Safflower, Apple Slices, Suet, Millet, Peanut Kernels, Fruit Vocalization Grasshopper Sparrow: A high pitched "kip-kip-kip zeee", usually uttered from the top of a weed stalk. Similar Species Grasshopper Sparrow: Baird's Sparrow has streaks across breast. More

A furtive bird of open grasslands, the Grasshopper Sparrow takes its name not only from its diet, but also from its insect-like song. It is found during the breeding season across much of the eastern United States and Great Plains, nesting and feeding mostly on the ground. More

* Grasshopper Sparrow Information and Photos - South Dakota Birds and Birding * Grasshopper Sparrow Species Account - Cornell Lab of Ornithology * Grasshopper Sparrow - Ammodramus savannarum - USGS Patuxent Bird Identification InfoCenter * Grasshopper Sparrow photo gallery VIREO * Florida Grasshopper Sparrow Bird Sound This entry is from Wikipedia, the leading user-contributed encyclopedia. More

Bent Life History for the Grasshopper Sparrow - the common name and sub-species reflect the nomenclature in use at the time the description was written. GRASSHOPPER SPARROW AMMODRAMUS SAVANNARUM (Gmelin) HABITS Contributed by ROBERT LEO SMITH (The following subspecies are discussed in this section: Ammodramus savannarum pratensis (Vieillot), A. s. floridanus (Mearns), A. s. perpallidus (Coues), A. s. ammolegus Oberholser. More

The Grasshopper Sparrow has a dark back patterned with some rufous, a pale, grayish supercilium, a gray nape with fine streaking, an unmarked, buffy breast, and a white eye ring. Grasshopper Sparrow Female - Sexes similar. Seasonal change in appearance - Fall bird are somewhat buffier. Juvenile - Juveniles have a streaked breast. More

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A late spring migrant, the grasshopper sparrow returns to breeding grounds in the northeastern states in mid to late May. Because it is a nocturnal migrant, it is rarely seen during migration. Males arrive on breeding grounds 3 to 5 days before females. Once females arrive, pair bonds form and nest construction by the female begins immediately. More

Grasshopper Sparrow Habitat Model go to: USFWS Gulf of Maine Watershed Habitat Analysis go to: Species Table Feedback: We welcome your suggestions on improving this model! Draft Date: May 2001 Species: Grasshopper sparrow, Ammodramus savannarum Use of Study Area Resources: Reproduction. Grasshopper sparrows reach the northern extent of their breeding range in Massachusetts and the southern regions of Maine and New Hampshire (Shriver et al. 1999). More

The future of the grasshopper sparrow is tied inextricably to the fate of large grasslands, a rare feature amid Maine's forest-dominated landscape. The grasshopper sparrow is a small, inconspicuous bird known for its buzzy, grasshopper-like song. This sparrow is five inches in length. It has a wingspan of about eight inches and a short, pointed tail. Its flat-topped head has a pale buffy-white central stripe. The unstreaked, cream-buff breast distinguishes it from other grassland sparrows. More

The female Grasshopper Sparrow incubates its eggs in the nest for 12 days. Meanwhile, the male protects their territory of 2-3 acres by singing from his position on a post, tall grass or other perch. Nine days after the young hatch, they leave the nest, which is on the ground under shrubs and grass. Description: Both sexes of Grasshopper Sparrow have a similar plain brown body. They measure 4 1/2 to 5 inches long with a short tail and flat-topped head. More

The grasshopper sparrow has two songs. The first is two fain introductory notes with a thin dry buzz pi-tup zeeeeeeeeeeeeee. The second is a thin tumble of nosies. Habitat They are found in prairies, pastures, and hayfields. This is a very secretive bird. Diet Grasshopper sparrows eat insects, fruit, and seeds. More

Grasshopper Sparrow is a grassland species that has undergone large, long-term population declines in many areas. A . s. ammolegus is a subspecies restricted to a small area of the southwest United States and northern Mexico; the small New Mexico population has been declining. Other subspecies are locally present in suitable grassland areas in the east. These populations should be monitored for further declines. More

Grasshopper sparrows nest in every Ohio county, but their relative abundance varies considerably across the state; highest densities occur in the western and central counties (Peterjohn and Rice 1991). Numbers of breeding grasshopper sparrows in Ohio peaked during the 1930s and have declined significantly since (Peterjohn 1989). More

Breeding distribution of the Grasshopper Sparrow in the United States and southern Canada, based on Breeding Bird Survey data, 1985-1991. Scale represents average number of individuals detected per route per year. Map from Price, J., S. Droege, and A. Price. 1995. The summer atlas of North American birds. Academic Press, London, England. 364 pages. - Keys to management are providing large areas of contiguous grassland of intermediate height with moderately deep litter cover and low shrub density. More

Grasshopper sparrows are also on the Audubon Society More

Distribution: Grasshopper Sparrows breed in grasslands from southern British Columbia east to southern Maine, south to central Florida, and west to northern Sonora. In Colorado, they nest throughout the eastern plains, with highest concentrations in the northeast and near the South Platte and Arkansas rivers. Habitat Requirements: These sparrows use most types of grassland, especially tallgrass and midgrass, but also shortgrass where shrubs or tall forbs are present. More

Grasshopper Sparrow - Ammodramus savannarumNamed after its song which is very similar to a grasshopper, the Grasshopper Sparrow can sometimes be difficult to observe. Unless singing during the mating season, they prefer to stay out of sight near the ground in grassy areas. However, in South Dakota, they can sometimes be seen along fence lines, perched on barbed wire or singing from fence posts. Habitat: Grasslands and prairies, prefer ably with tall grasses and scattered shrubs. More

Order : Passeriformes
Family : Emberizidae
Genus : Ammodramus
Species : savannarum
Authority : (Gmelin, 1789)