The Effects of Management Practices on Grassland Birds—Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum)

Professional Paper 1842-GG
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The key to Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum) management is providing large areas of contiguous grassland of intermediate height with moderately deep litter and low shrub density. Grasshopper Sparrows have been reported to use habitats with 8–166 centimeters (cm) average vegetation height, 4–80 cm visual obstruction reading, 12–95 percent grass cover, 4–40 percent forb cover, less than 35 percent shrub cover, less than or equal to (≤) 38 percent bare ground, 5–61 percent litter cover, and ≤9 cm litter depth.

Suggested Citation

Shaffer, J.A., Igl, L.D., Johnson, D.H., Sondreal, M.L., Goldade, C.M., Nenneman, M.P., Wooten, T.L., and Euliss, B.R., 2021, The effects of management practices on grassland birds—Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum) (ver. 1.1, May 2023), chap. GG of Johnson, D.H., Igl, L.D., Shaffer, J.A., and DeLong, J.P., eds., The effects of management practices on grassland birds: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1842, 59 p.,

ISSN: 2330-7102 (online)

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Capsule Statement
  • Breeding Range
  • Suitable Habitat
  • Area Requirements and Landscape Associations
  • Brood Parasitism by Cowbirds and Other Species
  • Breeding-Season Phenology and Site Fidelity
  • Species’ Response to Management
  • Management Recommendations from the Literature
  • References
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title The effects of management practices on grassland birds—Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum)
Series title Professional Paper
Series number 1842
Chapter GG
DOI 10.3133/pp1842GG
Edition Version 1.0: October 25, 2021; Version 1.1: May 2, 2023
Year Published 2021
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Description v, 59 p.
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y
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