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Species Code: AMSA
Breeding Range Map
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This sparrow is uncommon to common in eastern Washington in shrub-steppe habitats with significant grass cover. It is absent from dense tracts of sagebrush. It can be found below or at the lower limits of the Ponderosa Pine zone, though absent from the Methow valley.
Good habitat in core zones included all sparse vegetation, grassland, shrub savanna, shrublands, tree savanna, and Conservation Reserve grasslands in steppe zones of eastern Washington, plus similar habitats in the Ponderosa Pine zone in central and southern Spokane County.
Washington breeders represent the widespread western subspecies A. s. perpallidas. Grasshopper Sparrows were more widespread and numerous before the conversion of large tracts of shrub steppe to agriculture. It was found to be "rare and local" in the southeastern counties as of l977.
Translated from the Washington Gap Analysis Bird Volume by Uchenna Bright
Text edited by Gussie Litwer
Webpage designed by Dave Lester