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Sagebrush Sparrow

Artemisiospiza nevadensis

The sagebrush sparrow, Artemisiospiza nevadensis, presents itself as a medium-sized sparrow gracing the western United States and northwestern Mexico with its presence. Initially grouped within the genus Amphispiza, molecular insights from 2007 and 2009 have since warranted its reclassification into its own distinct genus, Artemisiospiza.


This avian species is intimately associated with sagebrush ecosystems, though it is not uncommon to encounter it amidst the brushy expanses of saltbush, chamise, and other low shrubs that punctuate the arid interior west.


Breeding grounds for the sagebrush sparrow are nestled within the interior of the Western United States, bordered by the Rocky Mountains and coastal ranges such as the Cascades. Come winter, the species retreats to the Mexican-border states and delves into the northern realms of Sonora and Chihuahua.


The sagebrush sparrow's existence is closely entwined with its chosen habitat, which is currently facing challenges from bush encroachment and the invasion of herbaceous plants.

Conservation status

The sagebrush sparrow is currently listed as Least Concern by the IUCN. However, the species' strong numbers could face future declines due to significant losses in sagebrush habitat across the west. The sagebrush sparrow was once considered conspecific with the Bell's sparrow under the collective name of sage sparrow until the American Ornithological Society deemed them separate species in 2013.

Sagebrush Sparrow Sounds

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