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Artemisiospiza belli (Sage Sparrow)

Synonyms: Amphispiza belli
Language: Spanish

Wikipedia Abstract

Bell's sparrow (Artemisiospiza belli) is a medium-sized sparrow of the western United States and northwestern Mexico. It used to be placed in the genus Amphispiza, but recent evidence suggested it be placed in its own genus. Bell's sparrows are indeed often tied to sagebrush habitats, although they can also be found in brushy stands of saltbush, chamise, and other low shrubs of the arid west. The subspecies A. b. clementeae has been listed as threatened since 1977. The species' common name and binomial (belli) refer to John Graham Bell.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 7.00911
EDGE Score: 2.08058


Adult Weight [1]  18.5 grams
Birth Weight [3]  2.1 grams
Breeding Habitat [2]  Chaparral
Wintering Geography [2]  Southwestern Aridlands
Wintering Habitat [2]  Desert scrub, Chaparral
Diet [4]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Granivore
Diet - Invertibrates [4]  60 %
Diet - Seeds [4]  40 %
Forages - Understory [4]  20 %
Forages - Ground [4]  80 %
Clutch Size [6]  4
Clutches / Year [5]  2
Fledging [1]  10 days
Global Population (2017 est.) [2]  370,000
Incubation [5]  13 days
Mating Display [3]  Ground display (mostly)
Maximum Longevity [5]  6 years
Female Maturity [5]  1 year
Male Maturity [5]  1 year


Protected Areas

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
California Floristic Province Mexico, United States No

Habitat Vegetation Classification

Name Location  Website 
Intermountain Basins Curl-leaf Mountain-mahogany Woodland & Scrub United States (Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Idaho, California, Wyoming, Arizona, Nevada, Utah)
Intermountain Semi-Desert Steppe & Shrubland United States (North Dakota, New Mexico, South Dakota, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, Oregon, Nevada, Wyoming, California, Kansas, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Texas)
Intermountain Shadscale - Saltbush Scrub Mexico (Chihuahua, Coahuila); United States (New Mexico, Kansas, California, Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Colorado, Wyoming, Washington, Arizona, Texas)


Bubo virginianus (Great Horned Owl)[5]
Corvus corax (Northern Raven)[5]
Falco columbarius (Merlin)[5]
Lanius ludovicianus (Loggerhead Shrike)[5]

Range Map

External References

NatureServe Explorer


Attributes / relations provided by
1Nathan P. Myhrvold, Elita Baldridge, Benjamin Chan, Dhileep Sivam, Daniel L. Freeman, and S. K. Morgan Ernest. 2015. An amniote life-history database to perform comparative analyses with birds, mammals, and reptiles. Ecology 96:3109
2Partners in Flight Avian Conservation Assessment Database, version 2017. Accessed on January 2018.
3Terje Lislevand, Jordi Figuerola, and Tamás Székely. 2007. Avian body sizes in relation to fecundity, mating system, display behavior, and resource sharing. Ecology 88:1605
4Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
5SPECIES ASSESSMENT FOR SAGE SPARROW (AMPHISPIZA BELLI) IN WYOMING, PAULA L. HANSLEY AND DR. GARY P. BEAUVAIS, United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, September 2004
6Jetz W, Sekercioglu CH, Böhning-Gaese K (2008) The Worldwide Variation in Avian Clutch Size across Species and Space PLoS Biol 6(12): e303. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060303
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 Wildfinder Database
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2019). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2020-03-21; License: CC BY 4.0