Seaside Sparrow

Ammodramus maritimus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

New World Sparrows and Towhees (Passerellida)

Code 4

SESP

Code 6

AMMMAR

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Seaside Sparrow has a large range, estimated globally at 170,000 square kilometers. Native to the United States and Canada, this bird prefers salt marsh marine ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 110,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Seaside Sparrow is Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Seaside Sparrow: Medium sparrow (maritimus), streaked olive-gray upperparts, pale buff underparts, streaks on breast, sides. Head has yellow streak between eye, bill. Long bill, thick base. Short, pointed tail. Short flights, alternates rapidly beating wings with wings pulled to sides.


Range and Habitat

Seaside Sparrow: Year round populations are found along the Gulf Coast of Florida west to Texas, and along the Atlantic Coast from Florida north to the Carolinas. Northernmost birds usually move further south in the winter. Fairly common resident in coastal marshes. Accidental vagrant to inland areas.

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Seaside Sparrow SONGS AND CALLS

Seaside Sparrow A1

Song is a short, buzzy "tzp, zhe-eeeee".

Seaside Sparrow A2

Call is a repeated, dry "chik".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"oka-chee-weee"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Seaside Sparrow is divided into several different subspecies that look subtly different.
  • The last captive Dusky Seaside Sparrow died in captivity on June 16, 1987.
  • The two most distinct forms, the endangered "Cape Sable" Seaside Sparrow and the extinct "Dusky" Seaside Sparrow were once considered separate species.
  • A group of Seaside Sparrows are collectively known as a "picnic" of sparrows.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Artist

Samira Belous

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