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Grasshopper Sparrow

The future of the grasshopper sparrow is tied inextricably to the fate of large grasslands, a rare feature amid Maine's forest-dominated landscape. The grasshopper sparrow is a small, inconspicuous bird known for its buzzy, grasshopper-like song. This sparrow is five inches in length. It has a wingspan of about eight inches and a short, pointed tail. Its flat-topped head has a pale buffy-white central stripe. The unstreaked, cream-buff breast distinguishes it from other grassland sparrows. A yellow patch at the bend of each wing can been seen at close range. Its song is a high, hissing, insectlike buzz preceded by weak tik notes.

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