Brewer’s Sparrow

Photo Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


  • Species Common Name Brewer's Sparrow
  • Species Scientific Name Spizella breweri breweri
  • State Listing Status Sensitive


Special needs

Brewer's Sparrows use sagebrush shrubland, generally with a canopy height <5 feet. They are often associated with big sagebrush. Brewer's Sparrows nest in thick crowns or low in brush, or in clumps of grass.

Limiting factors

Reduction and fragmentation of suitable nesting habitat are key limiting factors. Cheatgrass invasion also impacts habitat suitability.

Conservation actions

Maintain suitable shrublands for breeding. Maintain connectivity among habitat patches.

Key reference or plan

Conservation Strategy for Landbirds in the Columbia Plateau of Eastern Oregon and Washington