The vesper sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) is an uncommon and local breeder. Its populations are declining across BCR 14. It prefers dry upland areas with short sparse herbaceous vegetation and conspicuous singing perches. It is listed as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need in one or more states in BCR 14.

Habitat Needs

This bird prefers sparsely vegetated dry uplands such as short grass upland meadows, grazed pastures, blueberry barrens and burned or cutover areas. It feeds on insects and seeds. The decline in its population is correlated with the loss of its breeding habitat across BCR 14.

Its territory size is ranges from 1 to 2 acres.

Habitat Management Practices

Retain dry fields, pastures and croplands in a sparse condition.

Additional Information

Forest Types