Brewer's Sparrow

Spizella breweri

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Emberizids (Emberizidae)

Code 4

BRSP

Code 6

SPIBRE

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Brewer's Sparrow has a fairly large breeding range of 134,000 square kilometers. It mostly breeds in sagebrush habitats in the western United States and western Canada, and winters in open habitats in the south-western United States, and northern and central Mexico. Although habitat loss and degradation have resulted in large, long-term population declines for this species, it is still has a large, estimated breeding population of 13 million birds, and has a conservation rating of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Brewer's Sparrow: Medium sparrow with finely streaked gray-brown upperparts, pale eye-ring, dark moustache stripe, and plain, pale gray underparts. Bill is pink with dark tip. Legs and feet are gray-pink. Short flights with rapidly beating wing strokes alternating with wings pulled briefly to sides.

 

Range and Habitat

Brewer's Sparrow: Breeds in the northern Rocky Mountains of the Yukon and British Columbia and in the Great Basin south to southern California and New Mexico. Spends winters in southwestern states and Mexico, but is absent from the Pacific coast. Preferred habitats include sagebrush and alpine meadows.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"seep-seep-seep"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • In the future, the Brewer's Sparrow may be split into two separate species - one subspecies, the Timberline Sparrow, differs in appearance, song, breeding range and habitat.
  • Males have 2 distinct types of songs - classified as short and long songs. The songs are a varied mix of notes and trills.
  • This sparrow is unusual in having two distinct nesting populations, one in the alpine meadows of the Rocky Mountains of the Yukon and the other in the sagebrush deserts of the western United States.
  • A group of sparrows has many collective nouns, including a "crew", "flutter", "meinie", "quarrel", and "ubiquity" of sparrows.

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RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Juan Costa

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