Henslow’s Sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii) - Endangered
The Henslow’s Sparrow can be distinguished from other sparrows by its combination of chestnut brown wings, intricately patterned olive-green head and back of neck, black and brown streaked back, and by its flat-headed, short-tailed profile.
Canadian Population: up to 25 individuals
Threats to this Species: The main threat to the Henslow’s Sparrow is loss of open field prairie habitat. Many of the sites where this bird once lived have been converted to pasture, crop lands, or tree plantations. Housing development has also removed suitable habitat.
Fun Fact: The Henslow’s Sparrow has the simplest and shortest song of any North American songbird, a thin tze-lick that David Sibley has described as a “feeble hiccup.”
Want to learn more about local bird species? Visit Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory's website for more info!
Want to learn more about birds across Canada? Visit the Birds Canada website for more info!
Species descriptions are from the Species at Risk in Ontario website.
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