Henslow’s Sparrow

The Henslow’s Sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii) is a small sparrow with streaked brown upperparts, a light brown breast with streaks, and a white belly and throat. They have a pale stripe otop the crown and a dark stripe on each side, an olive face and neck, rust-colored wings and a short dark forked tail.

Their breeding habitat is wet, shrubby fields located in southern Canada and the northeastern United States. The nest is a well-hidden open cup close to the ground in a grassy location and often in small colonies.

They migrate to marshes and open pine woods in the southeastern United States.

These birds forage on the ground, seeking out insects and seeds.

Their song is a quick se-lick.

The range and numbers of this bird are decreasing, probably due to habitat loss. This bird was named after John Stevens Henslow, a professor of botany at Cambridge University.

The Texas subspecies (houstonensis) was solely found on a 105-acre brushfield near Houston, Texas and disappeared after devegetation.