Grassland Sparrow (Ammodramus humeralis)

The Grassland Sparrow bird, scientific name Ammodramus savannarum, is a small but striking species from the family Emberizidae. Found throughout much of North and Central America, the Grassland Sparrow bird is a migratory species that breeds in the northern regions and winters in the southern parts of its range.

Physical Characteristics

The Grassland Sparrow bird is a small bird, measuring about 5 inches in length with a weight of around 14 grams. It has a short and stout bill, a long tail, and a flat head with a distinctive rusty patch. The male has a white breast and a brown back with black streaks, while the female is slightly duller in color.

Habitat and Range

The Grassland Sparrow bird is primarily found in open grasslands, prairies, and fields with scattered shrubs and trees. It is known to breed across a vast area, from the Great Plains of the United States through to central Canada. During the winter months, the species migrates southward to Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.


The Grassland Sparrow bird is known for its distinct song, which consists of a series of high-pitched notes, followed by a buzzing trill. During breeding season, males sing from elevated perches to establish their territory and attract mates. They are also known to engage in dueling territorial displays, where two males will face off by flying or hopping towards each other while rapidly flapping their wings.


As a member of the Emberizidae family, the Grassland Sparrow bird feeds primarily on seeds and insects. During breeding season, the diet shifts towards insects, which are an essential source of protein for the young hatchlings. In contrast, during the winter months, the bird's diet switches primarily to seeds and other vegetation.

Conservation Status

While the Grassland Sparrow bird is not considered globally threatened, it faces several significant conservation threats. The conversion of grasslands and prairies into agricultural and urban areas has significantly impacted the species' breeding and wintering habitat, leading to declines in population numbers in some areas. Furthermore, predation by cats, snakes, and other predators is also a significant threat to the species.


Overall, the Grassland Sparrow bird is an intriguing and beautiful species that has captured the interest of birdwatchers and ornithologists alike. While there are some conservation concerns surrounding the species, habitat restoration efforts and conservation measures could help ensure that these beautiful birds continue to thrive for generations to come.

Other names

Ammodramus humeralis



Grassland Sparrow

sit pardalenc de canyar



livadni strnadar

strnadec savanový




Bruant des savanes


Passero prataiolo


pievinė prerinė žvirbliastartė


preriówek białobrody


Обыкновенная перепелиная овсянка

Južni skakavčev strnad

strnádlik úhorový

Chingolo pajonalero


Sarı Omuzlu Çayır Serçesi

багновець південний