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Baird’s Sparrow

The Baird’s Sparrow (Ammodramus bairdii) is a small sparrow with a large bill, a large flat head and a short forked tail. The upperparts are brown and the underparts white, with streaking on the back, breast, and flanks. The face, nape, and crown stripe are yellowish in color.

Their chosen breeding habitat is in the tall grass prairie regions in southern central Canada as well as the northern mid-western United States. The nest is an open cup in a well-hidden grassy location on the ground. They feed by foraging on the ground for insects in summer and seeds in winter.

These birds migrate to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico.

These birds usually nest in small loose colonies. Males sing from perches within their nesting territory. The song consists of a short series of high notes followed by a trill. This bird is more often seen than heard.

This bird’s numbers have decreased with the loss of suitable habitat.

This bird was named after Spencer Fullerton Baird, an American naturalist.

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