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Henslow's Sparrow

Ammodramus henslowii ORDER: PASSERIFORMES FAMILY: EMBERIZIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Near Threatened

An uncommon and famously inconspicuous bird, the Henslow's Sparrow breeds in weedy grasslands of the east-central United States. Its population numbers have declined steadily over the past few decades, largely because of habitat loss.

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Appearance

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Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Small songbird.
  • Mostly brownish, with sparsely streaked breast.
  • Large head.
  • Short tail.

Immature Description

Juvenile similar to adult, but with more indistinct markings on head and without streaking across chest.

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  • Adult

    Henslow's Sparrow

    Adult
    • © Betty D. Cottrille / CLO

Similar Species

  • Le Conte's Sparrow has bright buffy color on head; nape is gray streaked with purple, not olive-green as in Henslow's.
  • Baird's Sparrow also has buff-colored head, with a long, notched tail and a scaly pattern on the back.
  • Grasshopper Sparrow has unmarked buffy breast.