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Botteri's Sparrow

Peucaea botterii ORDER: PASSERIFORMES FAMILY: EMBERIZIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A plain sparrow of Mexican grasslands, Botteri's Sparrow reaches the northern limits of its range in southeastern Arizona and southern Texas. The species shows a strong affinity for tall grasses in semidesert areas and coastal prairie.

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Appearance

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Adult Description

  • Medium-sized sparrow.
  • Very plain overall.
  • Plain buff-gray breast and sides.
  • Streaked blackish gray or brownish gray upperparts.

Immature Description

Juvenile similar to adult, but with dark streaks on chest and back.

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Similar Species

  • Cassin's Sparrow very similar, but shows a scalloped or scaly, not streaked back, and has a shorter and thinner bill.