Texas Henlow's Sparrow

A Missing Texan

The Texas Sparrow

The last observed Texas Henslow's  Sparrow was lying dead in an open field in central Houston in 1983. The sparrows were ground nesting, so as trees and other forms of shelter became scarce, their nests were left bare and virtually defenseless.

Fateful Facts

The Texas Henlow's Sparrow(Ammodramus henslowii) has been extinct since 1983. The sparrow had a narrow mating season, and it only thrived from November to March. The sparrows were frequent in Houstion, but as industrialization and pollution continued, the wooded habitats of the sparrows were steadily degraded, eventually leading to their downfall.