Perching

Vesper Sparrow

Pooecetes gramineus
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Length: 6 in. (16 cm )
Commonly winters in small flocks of mixed sparrow species in open fields, grasslands, and prairies where it runs across the ground searching for seeds. During the breeding season, it is more solitary in similar open habitats where it eats seeds and insects. The nest is a cup-like depression dug into the ground lined with grass and usually placed under a concealing clump of grass or short vegetation. To fool intruders close to the nest, the female will spread its tail and drag a wing or leg feigning injury and lead the enemy away from the young or eggs.

The four-digit banding code is VESP.


Agricultural

Desert

Grasslands

Savanna
Bird Sound Type: Twittering
Sex of Bird: Male
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  • Article: Vesper Sparrow
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: June 23, 2018
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/vesper-sparrow

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Dr. Biology. (2017, July 13). Vesper Sparrow. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved June 23, 2018 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/vesper-sparrow

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Dr. Biology. "Vesper Sparrow". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 July, 2017. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/vesper-sparrow

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Dr. Biology. "Vesper Sparrow". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 Jul 2017. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 23 Jun 2018. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/vesper-sparrow

Modern Language Association, 7th Ed. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
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