|Endangered Species: Bachman's Sparrow|
A Christiansburg Elementary Project
Submitted by Kate
Christiansburg Elementary School, Christiansburg, U.S.A.
Photography courtesy of Virginia's Endangered Species
|Original artwork by Kate
|Why Study This Topic?||What Was Already Known||Search for Information||Description of Plant or Animal||Habitat Requirements|
|Adaptations||Reasons for Endangerment||Restoration Actions||What Was Learned||Conclusions from Research|
I especially want to find out its reason for endangerment and its restoration acts. I also want to find out what it looks like. I want to find out its shape, color, or colors, and size.
Also, I would like to find out why it's called "Bachman's sparrow. That's an interesting name. It's unusual for a bird, especially a sparrow. I want to find out about the Bachman's sparrow because it sounds interesting. The name really caught my attention. It doesn't sound exotic , but it doesn't sound normal either.
For another thing, the sparrow lives here in Virginia.
It lives in other states, but it still lives in Virginia. I like sparrows,
anyway. They're small, but they're tough. They defend themselves against
I ran into problems with finding information on
Bachman's sparrows. That's probably because they're endangered and, therefore,
aren't common. I found quite a bit of information on sparrows in general,
but had trouble in finding very much information on the Bachman's sparrow
Sparrows' shape is like other birds such as, robins', killdeers', mockingbirds'. Their body is torpedo-shaped (not counting the wings, tail, head, or wings). When they're diving through the air, they look like launched missiles whirring in the air.
Sparrows can have a variety of colors. It really
depends on the type of sparrow. Bachman's sparrows are grayish-brown along
the top of their back, tail, and head. The grayish-brown color is streaked
with chestnut or dark brown coloring. Their stomach is white. Immature
Bachman's sparrows' bellies are streaked. Breeding Bachman's sparrows are
reddish-brown. Other sparrows have similar coloring.
I couldn't find out how and where Bachman's sparrows got water. But I did find out Bachman's sparrows live in dry abandoned fields or plantations of young loblolly pine, so I wouldn't guess that water is their nearest neighbor.
Their nests are built on the ground partly covered by low-down shrubs or grass tufts. The nests are built by females. The nest is often made up of horse hair, stems of grasses or herbs, and cornsilk.
Bachman's sparrows' space is being taken away. The
abandoned fields and plantations in which are the homes for the Bachman's
sparrows are being cleared. The endangered birds are not only losing their
space, but their homes as well.
All sparrows have a big advantage. They're dull-colored.
They can blend in with their surroundings very easily.
Bachman's sparrows used to be very rare. It was
very hard to find just ONE Bachman's sparrow around. Now, Bachman's sparrows
are still endangered, but they made a pretty good come-back. In Virginia,
breeding records are limited to Sussex County and Brunswick County.
I also learned about it's description, habitats, adaptations, and more. It was fun to do research on this endangered sparrow. I've always liked sparrows, and I'm glad that I know more them.
The only bad thing was that I couldn't find anything
on why the Bachman's sparrow is called the Bachman's sparrow.
If you would like to add to these Endangered Species
pages then email your contributions to Christiansburg Elementary
© copyright 1997
|Last updated on March 12, 1997|