grasshopper sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 4.5 inches
Large, conical bill
Large, flat head
Buffy face and breast
White belly and undertail coverts
Narrow, whitish crown stripe
Gray and brown streaks on nape, wing coverts and rump
Black and white streaking on back
Juvenile plumage (summer, sometimes fall) similar to adult but has fine streaks on breast
Some variation in plumage across range with Florida birds being some- what darker and Arizona birds having indistinct brownish streaks on sides of breast
Found in open fields
Forages on the ground
The Baird's sparrow is similar in shape to the grasshopper sparrow but
has streaks across the breast. Juvenile grasshopper sparrows have streak-
ed breasts and can be separated by their whitish, not yellow, crown
stripe and lack of dark streaks on the side of the throat. Henslow's spar-
row has olive face and rusty wings. LeConte's sparrow has different face
pattern. Other sparrows likely to be found in field habitats have longer
tails and smaller heads as well as different markings (song, vesper, Savan-
nah, field, for example).
Migration Status: Neotropical migrant
Breeding Habitat: Grassland
Nest Location:Ground-low nesting
Nest Type: Open-cup
Clutch Size: 3-6
Length of Incubation: 11-12 days
Days to Fledge: 9
Number of Broods: 2, 3? in Florida
Diet: Mostly insects, seeds
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May U
Su - Summer: June, July, August U
Fall: September, October, November R
Winter: December, January, February
Crooked Run Valley