The Grasshopper Sparrow is a small songbird , mostly brownish, with an unmarked buffy breast. It has a dark crown with a pale middle stripe. The head is large and tail is short. Young birds are similar to adults but with a band of streaks across breast.

Habitat and Distribution

Grasshopper Sparrows' breeding habitat is open fields and prairie across southern Canada, the United States, Mexico and Central America, with a small endangered population in the Andes of Colombia and Ecuador. Northern populations migrate to the southern United States, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.


They forage on the ground in vegetation, mainly eating insects, especially grasshoppers, and seeds.


The nest is a well-concealed open cup on the ground under vegetation.

Calls and Songs

This bird's song is a buzzy tik tuk zee, resembling the sound made by a grasshopper.