• Incubation: 11-12 days
• Clutch Size: 3-6 eggs
• Young Fledge: 9 days after hatching
• Typical Foods: insects and seeds
This sparrow is small and chunky with a buff colored breast and rufous underparts. It has a stripe on the center of its head and the tail is short and pointed.
Habitat and Habits
Breeding grasshopper sparrows prefer tall-grass habitats such as hayfields, lightly grazed pastures, reclaimed strip mines, and fields bordering airports. They are also regularly found in clover and alfalfa hayfields, and fallow fields with an interspersion of weeds and grasses. An occupant of dry upland habitats, grasshopper sparrows inhabit large tracts of grasslands and normally avoid narrow strips of grassy vegetation. The subtle, inconspicuous song of this skulking species can easily be lost among the cacophony of more boisterous songs in our grasslands.
Reproduction and Care of the Young
Grasshopper sparrows build their well-concealed nests on the ground in clumps of living grasses. Nest construction is most prevalent during May. Most first clutches can be found between May and June with the young fledging by June and July. Renesting attempts and second broods are regularly noted.