Grasshopper Sparrow

The Grasshopper sparrow historically inhabited open grasslands and prairie throughout eastern United States. Like most grassland sparrows, Grasshopper sparrows are ground nesting and foraging, which means they are usually hidden in the tall grasses. Males may be seen during breeding season singing from open and exposed perches; song is buzzy, insect-like.

Grasshopper sparrows nest in an open cup on the ground or under vegetation Young leave the nest at about 10 days and will run or walk along the ground until they learn to fly. Diet consists seeds and insects, especially grasshoppers. Due to habitat loss this bird has seen a 98% decline in New York State. Learn more…

New York Status: Special Concern
Federal Status: Not Listed​

Photo courtesy Gordon Ellmers