Bird’s ID – Lifer # 234

Bachman’s Sparrow

Bachman’s sparrow (Peucaea aestivalis), also known as the pinewoods sparrow or oakwoods sparrow, is a small American sparrow that is endemic to the southeastern United States. This species was named in honor of Reverend John Bachman. This bird is considered near threatened by the IUCN, with habitat loss one of the major factors often cited in its decline. Habitat degradation due to later stages of forest succession has also been attributed to the decline of this species.Bachman’s sparrows forage on the ground for plant seeds and arthropods. In a predominately loblolly and shortleaf pine habitat of eastern Texas, all Bachman’s sparrow foraging observations were on the ground and a literature review states that Bachman’s sparrows rarely forage in shrubs.

Β© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

19 thoughts on “Bird’s ID – Lifer # 234

  1. I enjoyed learning about the Bachman’s Sparrow, H.J. This is a bird I have never seen before, and learning that it is Near Threatened explains it. Wonderful that you have these two lovely photos. Cheers, my friend.

  2. Interesting little sparrow HJ. I have noted that birds that have more specific feeding and food habits are the ones suffering the greatest decline in numbers and becoming threatened. I find the same here not just with waders but other food specific birds like the Regent Honeyeater and Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo, where habitat destruction impacts their numbers.

    • The decline of certain species is caused by diverse circumstances. Their area were their are endemic, lacks the main staple to feed themselves. The weather causing big forest fires, burning millions of birds, and some looking for a new territory. People, building more cities occupy more territory, means less for the birds. Thank you, Ashley. πŸ™‚

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