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Sage Sparrow
(Amphispiza belli)

Sage sparrows have both migratory and resident populations. The Bell’s Sage Sparrow (A. b. belli) is resident on the coastal side of the southern California Mountains, breeds in coastal sage scrub and chaparral habitats from February through August, and can be found from sea level to 4’500 feet or higher. The Nevada race of the Sage Sparrow (A. b. nevadensis) breeds in scrub habitats of the Mojave and Great Basins deserts but can also be found on the coastal side of the mountains during winter.

Status: Bell’s Sage Sparrow (A. b. belli) is a California Species of Special Concern
Nesting habitat: Sagebrush, chaparral and other arid habitats
Diet: Insects and seeds
Breeding season begins: Late February to August
Nest type: Open cup
Typical number of eggs: 3-4
Incubated by: Female
Nestlings tended by: Unknown
Migratory: Yes, some resident population
Active period on the Preserve: Year around (see graph)

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