French: Bruant de Cassin German: Cassinammer Spanish: Chingolo de Cassin
near San Antonio, Texas, USA
C & S USA (SW Wyoming and E & C Colorado E to W Nebraska, WC Kansas, and C Oklahoma, S to SE Arizona, New Mexico and S Texas) and N Mexico (S to NC Sonora, Zacatecas, San Luis Potosí and SE Tamaulipas). Non-breeding SW USA (SE Arizona, S New Mexico, W Texas) S in Mexico to N Nayarit, Zacatecas, San Luis Potosí and Guanajuato, rarely further south.
13–15 cm; 14–23·5 g. A medium-sized sparrow with a relatively small bill and rounded tail. Head is streaked with grey and dark brown, indistinct... read more
Song, often in flight, also at night, a clear, usually descending sweet liquid trill, followed by 2... read more
Arid grassland with scattered bushes, desert scrub and tropical thorn-scrub, with grass, and in... read more
Food and feeding
During nesting period feeds principally on insects, especially grasshoppers (Orthoptera), Lepidoptera larvae, bugs (Hemiptera), ants, wasps... read more
Timing not well understood: males start to sing after arrival in spring (in Kansas in late Apr); in SW New Mexico and SE Arizona (where... read more
Present all year in S part of range, but ringing studies indicate that breeding and non-breeding... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common or very common in appropriate habitat. Breeds in some years, rarely, in S California E of the Sierra. Populations in Great Plains may... read more
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