Botteri's Sparrow

Peucaea botterii




New World Sparrows and Towhees (Passerellida)

Code 4


Code 6



Egg Color:

Pale blue

Number of Eggs:

2 - 5

Incubation Days:

12 - 14

Egg Incubator:


Nest Location:

On ground or grassy tussock., Usually sheltered by tall grass or shrub.

Nest Material:

Lined with finer materials., Grasses and rootlets.


Some migrate



Botteri's Sparrow: Medium-sized sparrow with brown-streaked, gray upperparts and pale gray underparts. Bill is gray. Wings are tinged rust-brown. Tail is gray-brown, long, and round-tipped. Sexes are similar. Juvenile is pale brown with dark streaks and pink-gray bill.

Range and Habitat

Botteri's Sparrow: Breeds in extreme southeastern Arizona and southern Texas. Resident throughout much of Mexico; northernmost populations of these birds migrate to the southern portion of their range in the winter. Preferred habitats include open arid country such as grasslands, savannas, and desert-scrub.

Breeding and Nesting

Botteri's Sparrow: Two to five pale blue eggs are laid in a nest made of grass and rootlets, lined with finer materials, and built on the ground or in a grassy tussock, usually sheltered by tall grass or a shrub. Incubation ranges from 12 to14 days and is carried out by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

Botteri's Sparrow: Eats insects and seeds; forages on the ground.


Botteri's Sparrow: Song is high, abrasive series of hesitant chips, followed by a bouncing-ball trill. Call is a thin "chick."

Similar Species

Botteri's Sparrow: Cassin's Sparrow has white tips on outer tail feathers. Grasshopper Sparrow is chunkier with buff underparts and buff streaks on upperparts.


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

Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
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