Range. - United States east of the Plains, breeding from the Gulf to Canada.

A stoutly built Sparrow marked on the upper parts peculiarly, like a quail; nape grayish and chestnut. These birds are common in dry fields and pastures, where their scarcely audible, grasshopper-like song is heard during the heat of the day. Their nests are sunken in the ground and arched over so that they are very difficult to find, especially as the bird will not flush until nearly trod upon. The four or five eggs, laid in June, are white, specked with reddish brown. Size .72 x .55.

Ammodramus savannarum bimaculatus

546a. Western Grasshopper Sparrow

Range. - West of the Plains from British Columbia to Mexico.

Slightly paler than the last; has the same nesting habits; eggs indistinguishable.

White

White.

White

White.

Baird's Sparrow .Grasshopper Sparrow

Baird's Sparrow. Grasshopper Sparrow.

546a Western Grasshopper Sparrow 1091GRASSHOPPER SPARROW ON NEST C. A. Reed

GRASSHOPPER SPARROW ON NEST C. A. Reed.

546b. Florida Grasshopper Sparrow. Ammodramus Savannarum Floridanus

Range. - Central Florida.

A local form, darker above and paler below than the common species. Eggs not different in any particular.