Timberline sparrow

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Timberline sparrow

Apparently Secure (NatureServe)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Genus: Spizella
Species: S. breweri
Subspecies: S. breweri taverneri
Trinomial name
Spizella breweri taverneri
Swarth & Brooks, 1925

Spizella taverneri

The timberline sparrow (Spizella breweri taverneri) is a taxonomically controversial American sparrow. Usually treated as a subspecies of Brewer's sparrow, it is still considered a distinct species Spizella taverneri by many authorities. While the timberline sparrow recognizably differs in some details, there is little reproductive isolation between the taxa.

When it was still considered a good species, it was listed as being of least concern by the IUCN.[1]


  1. ^ E.g. Baillie et al. (2004).