Rufous-winged Sparrow
Aimophila carpalis
Rufous-winged Sparrow (Aimophila carpalis) is a species of northwest Mexico and a small area of the southwestern United States. It is often found in mesquite grassland and mesquite shrub in somewhat of a desert habitat. The male shown here was photographed in Tucson, Pima Co., Arizona, in April 2005, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 600mm F/4L IS lens and 2X extender with a Gitzo tripod.
The Rufous-winged Sparrows in the next 3 shots shown here were in Catalina, Pima Co., Arizona, in March, 2009. These images were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 800mm F/5.6 L IS lens. This desert species will readily perch on cholla and other cactus, unlike many other species in that habitat.