|Genus||Species||subspecies||Breeding Range||Breeding Range 2||Non Breeding Range|
|Aimophila||botterii||NA, MA||sw USA to Costa Rica|
Listen to the sound of Botteris Sparrow
Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto
|wingspan min.:||21||cm||wingspan max.:||22||cm|
|size min.:||13||cm||size max.:||16||cm|
|incubation min.:||12||days||incubation max.:||14||days|
|fledging min.:||10||days||fledging max.:||11||days|
In our area, found mostly in drier grassland areas with relatively tall grass and scattered taller shrubs; mainly desert grassland in Arizona, coastal prairie in Texas. Avoids true desert and heavily grazed areas. Farther south in Mexico and Central Amer
ica, also found on dry scrub areas, overgrazed pastures, and open savanna.
Nest is usually on the ground, often in a slight depression in soil and hidden under grass and weeds; sometimes slightly elevated in base of grass clump, and occasionally a few inches up in the base of a bush. Nest is a shallow open cup made of grass.
Eggs: 2-5, probably usually 4. White to pale bluish white, unmarked. Incubation period and roles of the sexes in incubation are not well known.
Young: Probably both parents help feed the nestlings. Age at which the young leave the nest is not well known.
Diet is not known in detail. In summer, feeds mainly on insects, especially grasshoppers, crickets, caterpillars, and beetles, plus many others. Also eats many seeds, probably more so in winter.
Behavior: Forages almost entirely while hopping or running on the ground, picking up items from the ground or from plants. Usually forages alone, sometimes in pairs or family groups.