Grasshopper Sparrow

(Ammodramus savannarum)

Conservation Status
Grasshopper Sparrow
Photo by Earl Bye
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
 
Description
 
 

 

 
     
 

Size

 
 

5 to 5½ in length

7½ wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
   
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Open grasslands with patches of bare ground

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

 

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Uncommon migrant and breeder

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Passeriformes (perching birds)  
 

Family

Passerellidae (New World sparrows)  
 

Genus

Ammodramus (grass sparrows)  
       
 

New World sparrows were traditionally combined with buntings into the family Emberizidae. Recent phylogenetic analysis (Barker et al. 2013) and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis (Klicka et al. 2014) found that the Old World buntings should be separated as a sister to New World sparrows. New World sparrows have been separated into a new family, Passerellidae.

 
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

Arizona Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum ammolegus)

Eastern Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum pratensis)

Florida Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum floridanus)

Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum beatriceae)

Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum bimaculatus)

Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum borinquensis)

Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum caribaeus)

Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum caucae)

Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum cracens)

Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum intricatus)

Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum savannarum)

Western Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum perpallidus)

 
       
 

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  Grasshopper Sparrow
Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren
 
  Grasshopper Sparrow  
     
  Grasshopper Sparrow
JMC Nature Photos
 
  Grasshopper Sparrow  

 

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Other Videos
 
  Grasshopper Sparrow singing
Stoil Ivanov
 
   
 
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Published on May 19, 2013

Grasshopper Sparrow ( Ammodramus savannarum ) singing . Filmed in Nachusa Grasslands Illinois 5-19-2013.

   
       
  Grasshopper Sparrow
MeopixMike
 
   
 
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Published on May 30, 2013

description

   
       
  Grasshopper Sparrow Portrait
ebirdr
 
   
 
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Published on Jun 3, 2012

The Grasshopper Sparrow at one time was fairly common throughout the United States and Canada. It's range just enters southern Canada. Intensive farming practices are now reducing their numbers significantly. They are particularly difficult to find in their northern range with only a few hundred pairs, for example, know to breed in Quebec. Found in pastures, hayfields, grasslands, palmetto scrub, and weedy fallow fields. This video was shot from a pasture near Kirkfield Ontario. You may hear the Woodcock and cows in the background.

Adults usually have unstreaked buffy breast and sides but immatures are streaked on underparts. Dark crown with a light central stripe on a flat head. Tail is very short and sharp. Similar Le Conte's Sparrow has a buffy eyebrow stripe.

Its faint but distinctive song is a grasshopper-like buzz.

   
       
  3008501 Grasshopper Sparrow
Rob Curtis
 
   
 
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Published on Apr 13, 2014

Grashopper Sparrow singing

   
       
  Grasshopper Sparrow chipping
John Scavetto
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jun 11, 2011

Grasshopper Sparrow video , Grasshopper Sparrow Chipping

   
       

 

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Earl Bye
7/7/2017

Location: East Bethel (Fish Lake Nature Trail)

Grasshopper Sparrow


     
     
 
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