Grasshopper Sparrow

Ammodramus savannarum pratensis


Special Concern


The Grasshopper Sparrow is a small beige and grey bird. It has a short tail, flat head and cone shaped beige bill. Key features are a plain cream coloured throat and breast with either unmarked or faintly marked flanks. Its back is a mottled rust colour.


The Grasshopper Sparrow typically breeds in large grasslands, pastures or hayfields and natural prairies characterized by well-drained, often poor soil dominated by relatively low sparse perennial herbaceous vegetation.


Loss of habitat due to conversion of grasslands and pasture into intensive farming
Habitat fragmentation
Mowing activities during the breeding season

You Can Help!

Retain natural grasslands, pastures and hay fields
Ensure a healthy native vegetative community
Limit mowing during breeding periods (May to early summer)