Savannah Sparrow

Passerculus sandwichensis

The Savannah Sparrow, and all its various subspecies, breed all over the North American continent from Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri, the Ohio River Valley, and into New England and northward. Most of these birds winter south of the Mason-Dixon Line and in the desert southwest of the USA.

The endangered Belding’s subspecies is resident along the coast of Southern California. Loss of habitat is the cause of their decline. Science recognises 17 or 18 subspecies of Savannah Sparrow. Most are defined by region, we sometimes used bill and body size in their descriptions.

During my travels, I’ve met these birds over most of the Western USA, but I’ve also enjoyed finding them in the Canadian Yukon.

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