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Botteri's Sparrow Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A small songbird (but rather large for a sparrow), with a flat head, a heavy bill, and a rather long tail.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Chipping Sparrow, smaller than a White-throated Sparrow.

    Relative Sizesparrow or smallersparrow-sized or smaller

    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 5.9-6.7 in (15-17 cm)
      • Weight: 0.6-0.9 oz (17-26 g)
      • Wingspan: 8.7 in (22 cm)

Regional Differences

Ornithologists recognize up to 9 subspecies, 2 of which breed in the United States: the more reddish arizonae in desert grassland of southeastern Arizona, and the grayer texana in coastal prairie of southern Texas.