French: Bruant de Henslow German: Henslowammer Spanish: Chingolo de Henslow
opposite Cincinnati, Kentucky, USA
Subspecies and Distribution
P. h. henslowii
(Audubon, 1829) – SE Minnesota E through C Wisconsin and S Canada (S Ontario) to C New York, S to C Kansas, NE Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, N Kentucky and C West Virginia; winters in S USA from C Texas E to South Carolina, S to Gulf Coast and N Florida.
P. h. susurrans
(Brewster, 1918) – C New York E to S New Hampshire, S to E West Virginia and E North Carolina; winters along US coastal plain from South Carolina S to C Florida.
12·1–13·3 cm; 10·6–15 g. A small sparrow, with a short tail, large bill and flat head. Nominate race has head with median crownstripe buffy... read more
Song, often delivered at night, is a short, insect-like “tsi-lick” or “flee-sic... read more
Breeds in native prairie with tall, dense grass and with matted ground cover. Often colonizes an... read more
Food and feeding
In summer feeds primarily on insects, especially grasshoppers (Orthoptera) and beetles (Coleoptera); in winter mainly seeds, especially... read more
Laying May–Aug; perhaps single-brooded in N of range, and in some S areas, such as Missouri, two peaks of egg-laying, suggesting... read more
Short-distance migrant; movements strictly nocturnal. Migration routes and timing very poorly known... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Classified as “Highest Concern” in the USA (Red WatchList priority species for conservation). Often... read more
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