Living Bird Magazine
Baird's SparrowCentronyx bairdii
- ORDER: Passeriformes
- FAMILY: Passerellidae
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.More ID Info
- Chingolo de Baird (Spanish)
- Bruant de Baird (French)
- Cool Facts
- Baird's Sparrow is partially nomadic, with breeding populations shifting dramatically among locations from year to year. This tendency probably evolved in response to the effects of drought, fire, and movements of bison herds over the prairie.
- John James Audubon collected the first specimens of Baird's Sparrow in 1843 in North Dakota. The species was not recorded again for 29 years.
- Baird's Sparrow often eludes predators (and human watchers) by running on the ground, rather than flying away.