Vesper Sparrow

Adults have light brown upperparts and light underparts, both with darker streaking. They have a white eye ring and a long dark brown tail which shows white outer feathers in flight.

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

The Vesper Sparrow is a large, pale, brown-streaked sparrow with white outer tail-feathers and rufous lesser wing-coverts. Prior to the 1880s, it was known as the Grass Finch, the Bay-winged Bunting or Sparrow, and the “Hesperian Bird.” The Latin and Greek roots of its scientific name refer to its grass-dominated habitats (Pooecetes meaning “grass dweller” and gramineus meaning “fond of grass”). More

The Vesper Sparrow, Pooecetes gramineus, is a medium-sized sparrow. It is the only member of the genus Pooecetes (Baird 1858). Adults have light brown upperparts and light underparts, both with darker streaking. They have a white eye ring and a long dark brown tail which shows white outer feathers in flight. Their breeding habitat is open grassy areas across most of North America. The nest is an open cup on the ground under a clump of grass. More

* The Vesper Sparrow responds quickly to changes in habitat; it is often the first species to occupy reclaimed mine sites and abandon old farm fields as they return to forest. * It was first described by German naturalist Johann Friedrich Gmelin in 1789. It is the only member of its genus. More

Vesper Sparrow Range MapView dynamic map of eBird sightings Field MarksHelp - * AdultPopOutZoom In Adult * Rufous wing patch often hidden, hard to see * © 2004 Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Channel Islands, California, October 2004 Similar Species - More

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* Vesper Sparrow Species Account - Cornell Lab of Ornithology * Vesper Sparrow Information and Photos - South Dakota Birds and Birding Stub icon This article about a bird of the family Emberizidae is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.v • d • e This entry is from Wikipedia, the leading user-contributed encyclopedia. More

Vesper sparrows winter in California, southern and central Arizona, rarely in southwestern Utah, and much of the southern U.S. and into Mexico. Some winter in southern Nevada, but I have not yet identified them in our area. In Nevada, they breed in the northern part of the state in grassland and grass-sagebrush. HOME..........Oasis Valley Birds.......... More

North American RangeThe Vesper Sparrow is a chunky bird with a finely streaked breast and an unstreaked belly, a short to medium-length notched tail, and white outer tail feathers visible in flight. It has a white eye-ring and a dark ear patch bordered in white along the lower and rear edges. The small chestnut patches on its shoulders are not always visible. Vesper Sparrows west of the Cascades have a pinkish hue and are smaller and browner than eastern Washington birds. More

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Vesper SparrowThe vesper sparrow has been declining rapidly for many decades and is considered regionally threatened throughout the Northeast. Where found, this sparrow is most often heard singing its clear, sweet song at twilight atop a small tree in a grassland. In the Northeast, vesper sparrows prefer dry habitats such as sandplain grasslands, blueberry barrens and coastal dunes. It is likely that this species once occupied openings created by forest fires. Since such disturbances are now very rare, these habitats have declined. More

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Although still widespread and common, Vesper Sparrow is a grassland species that has shown steady long-term declines across its range, and sharper declines in New Mexico. Reasons for negative population trends in the state are unclear. More

In the early 1900s, vesper sparrows were common summer residents throughout Ohio. Vesper sparrows began declining in the western and central parts of the state during the 1930s as agricultural land-use intensified. Lower numbers in unglaciated Ohio were first noticed during the 1960s as abandoned farmland reverted to forest, decreasing nesting habitat. Today, vesper sparrows are fairly common summer residents in western Ohio through Huron, Richland, Knox, Licking, Pickaway, Ross, Highland, and Brown counties. More

Breeding distribution of Vesper 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 include providing areas of dry, sparse vegetation or edge habitat between forests and fields, and providing elevated song perches. More

vesper sparrowvesper sparrow - common North American finch noted for its evening songPooecetes gramineus, grass finchNew World sparrow - sparrow-like North American finchesgenus Pooecetes, Pooecetes - a genus of Fringillidae How to thank TFD for its existence? Tell a friend about us, add a link to this page, add the site to iGoogle, or visit webmaster's page for free fun content. More

Vesper sparrow - Dictionary Definition and Overview = Vesper sparrow : (noun) 1: common North American finch noted for its evening song Based on WordNet 2.0 - Vesper \Ves"per\, a. Of or pertaining to the evening, or to the service of vespers; as, a vesper hymn; vesper bells. Vesper sparrow, the grass finch. See under Grass. Based on WordNet (r) 2.0 (August 2003) Copyright 2010 WordIQ. More

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Order : Passeriformes
Family : Emberizidae
Genus : Pooecetes
Species : gramineus
Authority : (Gmelin, 1789)