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Brewer's Sparrow

Scientific name: Spizella breweri

The Brewer’s Sparrow breeds in arid sagebrush shrublands, and can survive for weeks without water on a diet of seeds. Juicy insects or standing water are welcome, though this survival ability may help the Brewer’s Sparrow get through a short period of difficult drought.

Brewer’s Sparrows stay together in pairs during the nesting season, but in the winter they will join with small flocks of other sparrows. Brewer’s Sparrow is a short-distance migrant, and like most other songbirds it migrates at night.