The Effects of Management Practices on Grassland Birds—Henslow’s Sparrow (Centronyx henslowii)

Professional Paper 1842-II



Keys to Henslow’s Sparrow (Centronyx henslowii) management are providing large grasslands with tall, dense, herbaceous vegetation and well-developed litter; avoiding habitat disturbances during the breeding season; and controlling plant succession. Henslow’s Sparrows have been reported to use habitats with less than or equal to (≤) 122 centimeters (cm) average vegetation height, 25–80 cm visual obstruction reading, 35–51 percent grass cover, 10–55 percent forb cover, ≤2 percent shrub cover, ≤5 percent bare ground, 15–30 percent litter cover, and less than 13 cm litter depth.

Suggested Citation

Herkert, J.R., 2019, The effects of management practices on grassland birds—Henslow’s Sparrow (Centronyx henslowii), chap. II 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, 16 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—Henslow’s Sparrow (Centronyx henslowii)
Series title Professional Paper
Series number 1842
Chapter II
DOI 10.3133/pp1842II
Year Published 2019
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Description iv, 16 p.
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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