Henslow's Sparrow

Ammodramus henslowii

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Emberizids (Emberizidae)

Code 4

HESP

Code 6

AMMHEN

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Near Threatened

The Henslow's Sparrow a large range, breeding in many regions of both the northern and southern United States as well as a small portion of Canada. Native to these two nations, this bird prefers wetland and grassland ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 79,000 individuals. The population declined steadily over the past few decades, necessitating inclusion on the IUCN Red List, but it is hoped that southern populations will continue rising and lessen the bird's status. The current evaluation status of the Henslow's Sparrow is Near Threatened.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Henslow's Sparrow: Small sparrow, black-streaked brown upperparts. Breast, sides, and flanks are dark-streaked pale buff; throat and belly are white. Head is olive-brown with dark lines. Weak fluttering flight with tail jerking, alternates rapid wing beats with wings pulled to sides.

 

Range and Habitat

Henslow's Sparrow: Breeds locally from Minnesota, southern Ontario, and central New York (rarely New England) south to Oklahoma, Illinois, and North Carolina. Spends winters in Gulf coast states and along Atlantic coast to North Carolina. Inhabits moist or dry grasslands with scattered weeds and small shrubs.

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Henslow's Sparrow SONGS AND CALLS

Henslow's Sparrow A1

Song is a buzzy "tsi-zick".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"flee-LICK", "tsip"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Henslow's Sparrow was named by John James Audubon in honor of John Stevens Henslow, a botanist, minister, good friend of Audubon, and teacher of Charles Darwin.
  • Its population numbers have declined steadily over the past few decades, largely because of habitat loss.
  • An isolated population that once bred in coastal Texas and was considered by some to represent a unique subspecies has been lost to development.
  • A group of sparrows has many collective nouns, including a "crew", "flutter", "meinie", "quarrel", and "ubiquity" of sparrows.

SIMILAR BIRDS

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

Brendon Farley

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