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Sagebrush Sparrow


IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

The Sagebrush Sparrow is a common but inconspicuous bird of sagebrush and chaparral in the arid Great Basin and northwestern United States. It spends much of its time on the ground, running between shrubs with its tail raised in the air.

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Adult Description

  • Medium-sized sparrow.
  • Gray head.
  • Thin white eyering.
  • White breast and belly with dark central spot.
  • Broad white and black mustache stripes.

Immature Description

Juvenile streaked below, with dull, broken whitish eyestripe.

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    Sagebrush Sparrow

    • Medium-sized sparrow
    • Pale gray head contrasts with buffy/tan body and wings
    • Thin, white eye-ring
    • Plain white breast with dark streaks on sides of throat
    • © Tim Lenz, Lake Powell, Utah, January 2013

Similar Species

Similar Species

  • Five-striped Sparrow is stockier, with plain unstreaked upperparts and gray underparts.
  • Juvenile Black-throated Sparrow similar, but has a bold white eyebrow stripe.