New York Natural Heritage Program
Grasshopper Sparrow
Ammodramus savannarum (Gmelin, 1789)
Birds
Family: Buntings, American Sparrows and Relatives (Emberizidae)

State Protection: Species Of Special Concern
A native species at risk of becoming Threatened; does not qualify as Endangered or Threatened, but have been determined to require some measure of protection or attention to ensure that the species does not become threatened. NYSDEC may regulate the taking, importation, transportation, or possession of any Species of Special Concern as it deems necessary.

Federal Protection: Migratory Bird Treaty Act
The Migratory Bird Treaty Act implements various treaties and conventions between the U. S. and Canada, Japan, Mexico and the former Soviet Union for the protection of migratory birds. Under this Act, taking, killing, or possessing migratory birds, including nests or eggs, is unlawful unless specifically permitted by other regulations.


State Rarity Rank: S3B
A State Rarity Rank of S3B means: Typically 21 to 100 breeding occurrences or limited breeding acreage in New York State.

Global Rarity Rank: G5
A Global Rarity Rank of G5 means: Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.


Did you know?
There are 12 recognized Grasshopper Sparrow subspecies. Four of the 12 subspecies breed in North America, four reside in the Caribbean, and four are residents of Mexico, Columbia, and Ecuador (Vickery 1996).

State Ranking Justification [-]
There were 287 probable or confirmed blocks during the second New York State Breeding Bird Atlas (McGowan and Corwin 2008). Loss of farmland and development in New York has decreased the amount of suitable breeding habitat. Partners in Flight considers Grasshopper Sparrow a "Species of Continental Importance" for the United States and Canada (Rich et al. 2004).

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