Savannah Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow by David J. L'Hoste
© David J. L'Hoste
Passerculus sandwichensis
This species is unquestionably the commonest sparrow of fields and open situations in Louisiana in the winter months. It arrives in numbers in the last week of September and sometimes stays until mid-May or even into June. It is a rather small, streaked sparrow that is white below, marked on the throat and breast with fine streaks, which sometimes tend to be concentrated in the center, forming a large spot. In the latter respect it resembles a Song Sparrow, but, unlike that species, the Savannah Sparrow has a pale streak down the center of the crown, a touch of yellow on the bend of the wing, and usually a yellow spot on the front of the eye. It is one of the first winter sparrows that the beginning student of ornithology encounters in the field and should be learned at once so that it is not confused with other similar-appearing species, such as the Song Sparrow--George H. Lowery, Jr., 1974, Louisiana Birds

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