Savannah Sparrow

Passerculus sandwichensis

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Emberizids (Emberizidae)

Code 4

SAVS

Code 6

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Savannah Sparrow has a large range, estimated globally at 14,000,000 square kilometers. Native to North and Central America and nearby island nations, this bird prefers marine, grassland, wetland, and shrubland ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 82,000,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Savannah Sparrow is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Savannah Sparrow: Small sparrow, dark-streaked, gray-brown upperparts, white underparts, heavy streaks on breast and sides. Head has a brown crown with pale central stripe and pale yellow or white eyebrows. Brown wings have two pale bars. Tail is short and notched. Pink legs and feet.

 

Range and Habitat

Savannah Sparrow: Breeds from Alaska east to Labrador and south to New Jersey, Kentucky, and northern Mexico. Spends winters from Mexico regularly north to southwestern British Columbia and Massachusetts. Found in salt marshes, grasslands, tundra, mountain meadows, sandy regions, and short-grass prairies.

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Savannah Sparrow SONGS AND CALLS

Savannah Sparrow C1

Song starts with a few short notes, then goes into a high buzz and ends with a lower trill.

Savannah Sparrow C2

Alarm call is a dry "chip" or "tsip".

Similar Sounding

Grasshopper Sparrow C1

Song is an insect-like, high-pitched "kip-kip-zeeeeeeeeee".

Le Conte's Sparrow A2

Song is a series of insect-like buzzes.


Voice Text

"zit-zit-zit-zeeee-zaaay", "seep"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Savannah Sparrows are able runners; once discovered, they drop into the grass and dart away.
  • It is named after Savannah, Georgia, where one of the first specimens of this bird was collected.
  • The "Ipswich Savannah Sparrow," a subspecies that breeds on Sable Island, Nova Scotia, is nearly 50 percent heavier than most other subspecies. It was formerly considered a separate species.
  • A group of sparrows has many collective nouns, including a "crew", "flutter", "meinie", "quarrel", and "ubiquity" of sparrows.

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

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Chris Vest

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
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