Living Bird Magazine
Botteri's SparrowPeucaea botterii
- ORDER: Passeriformes
- FAMILY: Passerellidae
A plain sparrow of Mexican grasslands, Botteri's Sparrow reaches the northern limits of its range in southeastern Arizona and southern Texas. The species shows a strong affinity for tall grasses in semidesert areas and coastal prairie.More ID Info
- Chingolo de Botteri (Spanish)
- Bruant de Botteri (French)
- Cool Facts
- Botteri's Sparrow was much more widespread in Arizona in the early and middle 19th century than it is now. Loss of grasslands and possibly natural cycles are probably responsible for the decline. The species was not recorded at all in Arizona from 1903 to 1932.
- Up to nine subspecies of Botteri's Sparrow are recognized by taxonomists. In the United States, the birds found in Arizona and New Mexico have brownish gray backs, while the ones found in Texas are more pale blackish gray.