intricately streaked; yellowish dot above lores (California, USA; 2007-05-12)

Grasshopper Sparrow
Ammodramus savannarum

Native Range: North America and Middle America

Notes: a dimunitive shy sparrow of open grasslands; the head seems disproportionately large compared to the body; gets its name from its high-pitched insect-like song that resembles the thin trill of a cicada, katydid, or grasshopper; no sexual dimorphism.

shy except when male perches to sing (California, USA; 2007-05-12)

buffy breast, light purplish 'collar' on the back (California, USA; 2007-05-12)