Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
STATUS: Common and widespread.
HABITAT: Generally inhabits dense brushy fields and pastures, edges of woods, open woodlands, hedgerows, roadside thickets, and clearings. In the West, inhabits sagebrush, willows, and chaparral above the deserts.
SPECIAL HABITAT REQUIREMENTS: Dense brushy cover.
NEST: Builds a bulky nest, usually in a depression in the ground but sometimes up to 3 feet above the ground in low shrubs such as coffeeberry or sagebrush. Conceals and protects nest with overhanging bushes, logs, vines, or a clump of grass.
FOOD: Mostly eats vegetable material (about 70 percent of diet) gleaned from the ground; most important items are acorns, weed seeds and small fruits. Also eats insects, spiders, and snails.
REFERENCES: Baumann 1959, Bent 1968a, Davis 1960.