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Grassland Sparrow - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Rogerio Araújo Dias
Photographed: Brasilia, Brazil, 2006
Ammodramus humeralis


13 cm
A smallish streaked seedeater with yellow lores, a narrow white eye-ring and chestnut edging on the mantle and flight feathers.

Similar Species

The very similar Yellow-browed Sparrow has much more yellow on the face, has a different song and is found in different habitats.


Found throughout most of South America.



This is a polytypic species, consisting of four subspecies[1]:

  • A. h. humeralis:
  • A. h. pallidulus:
  • North-eastern Colombia (Guajira Peninsula)
  • A. h. xanthornus:
  • A. h. tarijensis:
  • Eastern Bolivia (Santa Cruz and Tarija)


Tropical savanna, shrubby pastures and forest fringes, dry fields, scrub, humid chaco.



Their main diet consists of seeds, with insects added particularly in the breeding season.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2014)
  3. BF Member observations

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