Baird's Sparrows only
inhabit a small portion of their former range, due to their strong preference
for native prairie for nesting. As with other closely-related species,
they are often difficult to observe, as they prefer to run along the ground
rather than flush. Baird's Sparrows have beautiful melodic songs compared
to their close relatives such as the Grasshopper Sparrow.
Habitat: Breeds in native prairies of tall
grasses and scattered weeds and brush. Will occasionally nest in wheat
fields. Found in agricultural fields, grasslands, and prairies during
Diet: Primarily feeds on insects and
spiders in the summer, along with seeds. Winter diet is primarily seeds of
weeds and grasses.
Behavior: Usually stays on the ground, foraging
alone. They are only rarely found in the open, primarily only males
when singing during the breeding season.
Nesting: June and July
Song: A clear high-pitched jumble. The
call is a high-pitched but quiet tweep.
Migration: Summers locally in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and adjacent
portions of Canada. Winters in the extreme southwestern U.S. and
Conservation Status: Has shown a great decline in numbers and
range since the 1800's due to habitat loss.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Baird's Sparrow"
eNature.com: Baird's Sparrow
Photo Information: July 23rd, 2011 - Grand
River National Grasslands, Perkins County, South Dakota - Terry Sohl
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