Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) - HBW 16, p. 563
French: Bruant vespéral
Spanish: Chingolo Coliblanco
Other common names: Oregon Vesper Sparrow (affinis)
Taxonomy: Fringilla graminea J. F. Gmelin, 1789, New York, USA.
Perhaps close to Melospiza and some Ammodramus species. Geographical variation largely clinal. Proposed race altus (described from Kendrick Park, in NC Arizona), treated as a synonym of confinis. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- confinis S. F. Baird, 1858 - breeds in SW Canada (C British Columbia and SW Mackenzie E through C Saskatchewan and S Manitoba to W Ontario) and S in USA to CE California, C Nevada, C Arizona, C New Mexico, E Colorado and W Nebraska; non-breeding from S edge of breeding range (California E to New Mexico) and from S Texas S in Mexican highlands (to Oaxaca), occasionally to Guatemala.
- affinis G. S. Miller, 1888 - breeds in W Washington and W Oregon (W USA); non-breeding from C California (W of Sierra Nevada) S to NW Mexico (NW Baja California, possibly also Chihuahua).
- gramineus (J. F. Gmelin, 1789) - breeds in SE Canada (NE Ontario and S Quebec E to Prince Edward I and N Nova Scotia) and E USA from N Minnesota E to Maine and S to C Missouri, C Kentucky, NE Tennessee, C North Carolina and S Virginia; non-breeding from S part of breeding range S to C Texas and Gulf Coast.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A bird feeding on the ground. Locality Prado Regional Park, Chino, San Bernardino County, California, USA (United States) (ssp affinis)
Paul Clarke 10 February 2013 28 weeks ago 25 sec 3.8
Adult on a post scratching and looking around. Note the rufous lesser coverts that are rarely visible. Locality Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (ssp confinis)
Ken Simonite 2 June 2012 2 years ago 55 sec 3.8
A frontal view of a perched bird. Locality Dixie National Forest, Utah, USA (United States) (ssp confinis)
Pieter de Groot Boersma 1 June 2013 43 weeks ago 7 sec 3.7
An individual perched on a branch, looking around. Locality Shuttleworth Creek Road, British Columbia, Canada (ssp confinis)
Josep del Hoyo 14 August 2012 1 year ago 31 sec 3.7
A bird feeding beside a road inside a park Locality Cove Lake State Park, Campbell County, Tennessee, USA (United States) (ssp gramineus)
Ron Hoff 4 April 2008 6 years ago 42 sec 2.9
A ventral view of a bird in a pine tree. Locality Dixie National Forest, Utah, USA (United States) (ssp confinis)
Pieter de Groot Boersma 1 June 2013 43 weeks ago 8 sec 2.7
Adult heard singing next to road.
Locality North Aurora, Kane County, Illinois, USA (United States) (ssp gramineus)
Ken Schneider 10 April 2010 3 years ago 4.6
Adult on barbed wire
Locality Sierra Valley, California, USA (United States) (ssp confinis)
RLewis0727 15 June 2006 22 weeks ago 4.3
An adult perched low in a tree.
Locality Elkford, British Columbia, Canada (ssp confinis)
David Beadle 13 June 2012 1 year ago 4
Perched in a tree beside the road
Locality Carden Alvar, Kirkfield, Ontario, Canada (ssp gramineus)
David Graham 17 July 2014 5 weeks ago 3.5
A bird perching
Locality Portal, Chiricahua Mountains, Cochise County, Arizona, USA (United States)
Tadeusz Stawarczyk 11 April 2007 5 years ago 3.5
House Bunting (Emberiza striolata)
Locality Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Guy Poisson 3 June 2009 3 years ago 2.5