French: Bruant des plaines German: Fahlammer Spanish: Chingolo pálido
Carlton House, Saskatchewan, Canada
W & S Canada from WC Mackenzie, E British Columbia, Alberta, NW & C Saskatchewan and Manitoba (local and irregular in N) E to S Ontario (small numbers in Hudson and James Bays) and extreme S Quebec (rarely E to Gaspé Peninsula), S in USA to E Washington and Montana E to N & W New York and W Pennsylvania (perhaps rarely S to SE South Dakota, NW Iowa, Illinois and N Indiana); non-breeding in S USA (S New Mexico and S Texas) and Mexico (S to Veracruz and Oaxaca, rarely Chiapas).
12–13·5 cm; 9–15 g. A small, slim sparrow with long, notched tail. Has streaked crown with distinct cream-coloured median crownstripe and dark brown... read more
Song, occasionally at night, a series of 2–8 (usually 2–3) short, low-pitched, loud... read more
Breeds in open, uncultivated brushy areas where shrubs interspersed in grasslands. In prairies... read more
Food and feeding
Arthropods and seeds. Young fed mostly with Lepidoptera larvae, leafhoppers (Homoptera), adults and nymphs of grasshoppers (Orthoptera),... read more
Season late May to early Aug; sometimes double-brooded. Monogamous. Pair formation relatively quick after arrival of females on breeding... read more
Migratory. Migration routes largely through Great Plains, E of Rocky Mts and W of Mississippi;... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common to very common in appropriate habitat. In USA, rare but increasing in New York, rare in S Michigan, and apparently irregular at S... read more
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