New York Natural Heritage Program
Grasshopper Sparrow
Ammodramus savannarum (Gmelin, 1789)

New York State Distribution [-]
Grasshopper Sparrows are found in open, grassy areas throughout most of New York State except higher elevations (generally above 2000 ft), such as the Adirondacks and Catskills. Highest concentrations are found in the northeastern Great Lakes Plain (Jefferson County).

Global Distribution [-]
Breeding Grasshopper Sparrow are found in eastern Washington, southern British Columbia, southern Alberta, southern Saskatchewan, southern Manitoba, southern Ontario, southwestern Quebec, northern Vermont, New Hampshire, and southern Maine south to southern California, central Nevada, northern Utah, eastern Colorado, eastern new Mexico, northern Texas, Arkansas, northern Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and southeastern Virginia; from southeastern Arizona, southwestern New Mexico, and southern Texas south to northern Sonora and northern Chihuahua; and in central Florida (Vickery 1996, AOU 1998). The main population is in the Great Plains, from North Dakota south to northern Texas, and east to Illinois (Johnson et al. 1998). The non-breeding range includes central California, southern Arizona, southern New Mexico, Texas, central Missouri, Tennessee, and North Carolina south through Mexico and Central America to northern Costa Rica and in the Bahamas and Cuba (Vickery 1996, AOU 1998). Year round residents are found in Veracruz, Chiapas, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, northwestern Costa Rica, and Panama; Jamaica, Hispaniola, and Puerto Rico; and in western Colombia, western Ecuador, and the Netherlands Antilles (Vickery 1996, AOU 1998).
Best Places to See
• grasslands of Jefferson County (Jefferson County)