Grasshopper Sparrow Identification

The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    Grasshopper Sparrow is on the small side for a sparrow, with a distinctive compact shape. The head is large and flat-crowned, with a conspicuous bill. Tail is very short.

    Relative Size

    Among the smallest birds in its habitat; slightly smaller than a Savannah Sparrow.

    Relative Sizesparrow or smallersparrow-sized or smaller
    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 4.3-4.5 in (10.8-11.5 cm)
      • Weight: 0.5-0.7 oz (14-20 g)
      • Wingspan: 7.9 in (20 cm)

Regional Differences

Some 12 subspecies have been described, but they are all fairly similar in plumage. The endangered Florida Grasshopper Sparrow has a somewhat darker back than other subspecies.