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Bell’s Sparrow

Amphispiza belli

The Sage Sparrow is now considered by scientists as two groups. One is resident in southern and coastal California (Bell’s Sparrow), and the other, the ‘Interior’ group (Sagebrush Sparrow), breeds between the Rockies on the east and the Sierra and Cascade ranges on the west, while wintering in Arizona, New Mexico, west Texas and Mexico.

Science has lumped and split this complex of sparrows several times since they were first described in the 1800s as “Bell’s Sparrow”. In 1910, they were split into the two groups recognised today, and in 1957 they were lumped once again. In 2013, they were split again into the sets described in 1910, and they remain recognised this way today.

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