Stewardship Overview: Associated with dense shrubby habitats. Listed on the Partners in Flight WatchList as a species of moderate conservation priority chiefly due to limited knowledge of the species' biology (Muehter 1998). Classified as a species of concern by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Great Plains/Rocky Mountain and Southwestern administrative regions based on the Partners in Flight ranking (USFWS 1995). May be vulnerable due to its narrow geographic distribution on breeding and wintering ranges and lack of large populations in breeding range (Reed 1992). Further research needs to be done to determine the actual status.