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Cassin's Sparrow

Peucaea cassinii ORDER: PASSERIFORMES FAMILY: EMBERIZIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Cassin

Plain in plumage but distinctive in habits, the Cassin's Sparrow inhabits arid grasslands in the south-central United States and northern Mexico. Though furtive, the male performs dramatic territorial display flights while singing a sweet, far-carrying song.

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Appearance

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Adult Description

  • Small sparrow.
  • Mostly plain grayish brown.
  • Plain face.
  • Sings in flight.

Immature Description

Similar to adult, but buffier and with dark streaking on underparts.

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Similar Species

  • Botteri's Sparrow very similar, but shows a streaked, not scalloped or spotted back, and has a longer, thicker, and more curved bill. Does not sing in flight.