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Baird's Sparrow

Ammodramus bairdii ORDER: PASSERIFORMES FAMILY: EMBERIZIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Rare and elusive, Baird's Sparrow breeds in the vanishing prairie lands of the northern Great Plains. It habitually lies low in the tall grass, revealing its presence only with its distinctive tinkling song.

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Appearance

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Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Small sparrow.
  • Brown and streaked.
  • Yellow-brown face with subtle black markings.
  • Broad ochre central crown stripe.
  • Narrow band of streaks across chest.

Immature Description

Similar to adult, but more heavily streaked.

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    Baird's Sparrow

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Similar Species

  • Bright ochre color of face, especially eyebrow stripe, distinguishes Baird's Sparrow from similar species.
  • Le Conte's Sparrow is smaller, with smaller bill and brighter orange color on face.
  • Henslow's Sparrow has similar facial pattern and breast streaking, but has a greenish face.
  • Savannah Sparrow is more heavily streaked below, has a much narrower, and whitish, streak through crown.