light charcoal color; no sexual dimorphism (California, USA; 2007-01-13)

Sage sparrow
Amphispiza belli

Native Range: North America and Middle America

Notes: a distinctive sparrow that gets its name from the sgebrush scrub it inhabits; runs on the ground, often raising its tail.

frontal view; black central breast spot (California, USA; 2007-01-13)

dorsal view; slightly darker gray on back (California, USA; 2007-01-13)

pretty pair; whit eye ring, facial markings (California, USA; 2007-01-13)

getting a drink (California, USA; 2007-01-13)

an unusual site: a flock at a drinking hole (California, USA; 2007-01-13)