Bell's Sparrow

Artemisiospiza belli

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

New World Sparrows and Towhees (Passerellida)

Code 4

BESP

Code 6

AMPBEL

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Bell's Sparrow has a fairly large breeding range that includes many areas in California and parts of Baja California in Mexico. It occurs in sagebrush and shrubby habitats and also winters in western Arizona. The global population of this bird has not been estimated but does not appear to show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current conservation rating of the Bell's Sparrow is Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Bell’s Sparrow: Medium sparrow with brown back, white underparts with central breast spot, streaks on sides. Gray head has white patch in front of eye. White throat is interrupted by a narrow, dark moustache stripe bordered by a broad white submoustachial stripe. Brown wings, two faint bars. Sage Sparrow was split into two distinct species in 2014 by the American Ornithologist Union. Bell’s Sparrow and Sagebrush Sparrow.

 

Range and Habitat

Bell’s Sparrow: Breeds in coastal mountain ranges from northern California and sound into Baja California and northwest Mexico. Found in sagebrush flats, alkaline flats with saltbush, and semi-desert shrublands in the lowlands.

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Bell's Sparrow SONGS AND CALLS

Bell's Sparrow C1

Song is a sweet, musical phrase, "teesitity-seep-seep".

Bell's Sparrow HH1

Rapid, high-pitched alarm calls.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"twee-si-tity-slip", "tik", "tik-tik"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A group of sparrows has many collective nouns, including a "crew", "flutter", "meinie", "quarrel", and "ubiquity" of sparrows.
  • Recently split from the Sage Sparrow after 115 years of debate using DNA samples.
  • The Bell's Sparrow spends much of its time on the ground, running between shrubs with its tail raised in the air.
  • The species name (belli) refers to John Graham Bell, a taxidermist who traveled with Audubon to the Yellowstone River.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Artist

Chris Vest

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