Sagebrush Sparrow

Amphispiza belli

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Emberizids (Emberizidae)

Code 4

SAGS

Code 6

AMPBEL

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Sagebrush Sparrow has a large range, estimated globally at 1,100,000 square kilometers. Native to the nations of North America, this bird prefers subtropical or tropical shrubland ecosystems but also resides in rural gardens. The global population of this bird is estimated at 4,300,000 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 Sage Sparrow is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Sagebrush Sparrow: Medium sparrow, dark-streaked brown back, white underparts with central breast spot, streaks on sides. Gray head has white patch in front of eye. White throat has dark moustache stripe. Brown wings, two faint bars. Long tail is dark, white edged. Coastal form is darker. Sage Sparrow was split into two distinct species in 2014 by the American Ornithologist Union. Bell’s Sparrow and Sagebrush Sparrow.

 

Range and Habitat

Sagebrush Sparrow: Breeds from Washington south to Baja California and throughout the Great Basin. Spends winters in small flocks in low desert of southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, and western Texas, south into Mexico. Found in sagebrush flats, alkaline flats with saltbush, and semi-desert shrublands in the lowlands.

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Sagebrush Sparrow SONGS AND CALLS

Sagebrush Sparrow A1

Song is a series of buzzy phrases and musical notes.

Sagebrush Sparrow A2

Agitated calls from one member of a pair.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

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

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Recently split from the Sage Sparrow after 115 years of debate using DNA samples.
  • These sparrows feed mostly on the ground, running from brush to brush with tail cocked.
  • 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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